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SIDS Alert: How To Identify and Eliminate Risks To Your Child?

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 09-01-2007

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as crib death, refers to the sudden and unexplained death of healthy babies any where from a month to a year old. Doctors and researchers have not been able to ascertain the exact cause for SIDS. However, they have identified many factors that may play a role.

The risk of SIDS may be particularly high in the following cases:

  • Babies born prematurely or having a low birth weight

  • Babies sleeping in any position other then on the back (sleeping on the stomach or side)

  • Infants sleeping on extremely soft surfaces such as a foam couches and sofas, or waterbeds

  • Infants sleeping surrounded by soft cuddly toys in the crib

  • Infants sleeping in a bed with pillows, quilts, or blankets

  • Infants who may be overheated due to warm clothes or blankets

  • Infants sleeping in an overheated room

  • Children who are regularly exposed to cigarette smoke, either in the home or elsewhere

  • Children born to a mother who smoked during her pregnancy

  • Children who share a bed with other people, apart from their parents and caregivers

  • Children who share the bed with people who smoke, drink alcohol, or use narcotic drugs