Few things make new parents more anxious than the possibility of sudden infant death syndrome, otherwise known as SIDS.
SIDS is still the number one cause of death in infants one month to one year old.
SIDS is troubling because some of the deaths cannot be prevented, but several simple steps by parents can reduce the risk of SIDS by over fifty percent.
Eliminate bumper pads and soft bedding. Don’t share your bed with your baby or allow your baby to be exposed to tobacco smoke. These simply aren’t safe.
Don’t let your baby get too hot. Also, if you can, breast-feed through the entire first year. Most importantly, remember the back to sleep rule: babies should be put to bed on their backs, not their tummies.
There is plenty you can do to help your little one drift safely off to sleep.
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