According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,600 babies died from sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) in the U.S. in 2017. SUID occurs in infants younger than 1 year old and has no immediately obvious cause.
The three commonly reported types of SUID include:
- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- Unknown cause
- Accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed
Create a safe sleep environment for baby
Creating a safe sleep environment for baby can reduce the risk for SUID. Always putting babies to sleep in a safe way is key to preventing SUID. The current recommendation for safe sleep for infants is the “ABC” method:
- On their Back
- In a safe Crib
Baby’s sleep area is in the same room as a parent or caregiver
- Keep room to 68 to 75 degrees
- Use a firm and flat surface in a crib, covered by a fitted sheet
- Dress baby in sleep clothing, such as a wearable blanket
Eliminate unsafe sleeping conditions for your baby
- Do not allow your baby to sleep with other children or adults, either in bed or on a sofa or chair.
- Place your baby to sleep on their back — never on their stomach.
- Do not use a blanket, sheepskin, bumper or comforter in the sleep area with your baby.
- Do not put soft objects, toys or loose bedding in your baby’s sleep area. Make sure nothing covers the baby’s head.
- Do not place pillows in the crib with your baby or put your baby to sleep on a pillow.
- Do not smoke in your home.
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