SIDS Information For Parents
While sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is not always preventable, the hope is that the rates will decrease with more education and counseling. That is why the Butterflies and Birdies Foundation is committed to offering up-to-date, accurate SIDS information for parents.
What is SIDS Exactly? Do We Know What Causes It?
SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 years old. Experts aren’t sure what causes it, but there are some theories for why it happens. According to recent information on sudden infant death syndrome, here are some common risk factors:
- Sleeping on the tummy
- Overheating while sleeping
- Having a mother who smokes
- Sleeping on a soft surface or with pillows/blankets
- Being born early or at a low birth weight
- Being exposed to passive smoke
- Having a sibling who died from SIDS
How Common is SIDS?
Most parents receive information on sudden infant death syndrome. Even with all the SIDS information for parents, it still happens. This is what makes SIDS incredibly scary. About 2,300 babies in the U.S. die from SIDS every year. As parents will learn in their SIDS info, SIDS is more common in babies who are 1-4 months old, as well as male babies.
Is it Possible to Prevent SIDS?
Even though SIDS is scary and uncertain, there are ways to lower your baby’s risk. According to the most recent SIDS info, here are the best prevention steps to follow:
- Put baby to sleep on their back
- Use a firm mattress
- Keep fluffy blankets, pillows, etc. out of the bed
- Maintain a cool, comfortable temperature
- Don’t smoke around baby
- Use a SIDS prevention product like the Owlet Smart Sock
The Butterflies and Birdies Foundation is committed to providing the most updated SIDS information for parents and caregivers. We hope that this information has helped you understand SIDS and ways to prevent it. For more questions, please feel free to reach out to our organization.
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