It’s a startling fact that 4,600 babies needlessly die each year due to sudden unexplained infant death. Always putting babies to sleep in a safe way is key to the prevention of sudden unexpected infant death.
The current recommendation for safe sleep for infants is the “ABC” method:
- On their Back
- In a safe Crib
A baby who sleeps on his or her back alone in a safe crib or bassinet, in an appropriately controlled room temperature of 68 to 75 degrees, in the same room with the parents, is highly unlikely to die a sleep-related death.
Other forms of sudden unexpected infant death are suffocation, entrapment, infection, metabolic diseases, heart issues, accidental or nonaccidental trauma and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the unexplained sudden death of an infant under age 1.
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 blankets or comforters in the crib with your baby.
- 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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