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October is SIDS Awareness Month

October is SIDS Awareness Month. Learn more about the problem and the risk factors and take action to reduce the risk. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexplained death of an infant younger than one year old. Some people call SIDS “crib death” because many babies who die of SIDS are found in their cribs. SIDS is the leading cause of death in children between one month and one year old. Most SIDS deaths occur when babies are between two months and four months old. Premature babies, boys, African Americans, and American Indian/Alaska Native infants have a higher risk of SIDS.

The percentage of nighttime caregivers who reported that an infant usually shares a bed with a parent, another adult, or a child more than doubled between 1993 and 2010, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Sharing a bed, with an adult or another child, increases an infant’s risk of death from sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS or other sleep-related causes. To reduce infants’ risk of sleep-related deaths, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants should not be placed to sleep on an adult bed at any time.

SIDS resources:
Trends and Factors Associated With Infant Bed Sharing, 1993-2010: The National Infant Sleep Position Study: http://1.usa.gov/1gaLIEX
MedlinePlus (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome): http://1.usa.gov/18BHCS8
CDC (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome): http://1.usa.gov/176rOmi

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