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What is SIDS
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden & unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year old.
Most SIDS deaths are associated with sleep, which is why it's sometimes still called "crib death."
Who is at risk for SIDS
When considering which babies could be most at risk, no single thing is likely to cause a SIDS death. Rather, several risk factors might combine to cause an at-risk infant to die of SIDS.
Most SIDS deaths happen in babies 2 to 4 months old & cases rise during cold weather. Black & Native American infants are more likely to die of SIDS than Caucasian infants. More boys than girls fall victim to SIDS.
Why Is Stomach Sleeping Dangerous?
SIDS is more likely among babies placed on their stomachs to sleep than among those sleeping on their backs. Babies also should not be placed on their sides to sleep.
Stomach sleeping may block the airway & hurt breathing. Stomach sleeping can increase "rebreathing" (When a baby breathes in his or her own exhaled air) particularly if the infant is sleeping on a soft mattress or with bedding, stuffed toys, or a pillow near the face. As the baby rebreathes exhaled air, the oxygen level in the body drops & the level of carbon dioxide rises.
Safe Sleep for Infants
All infants must have a sleep environment that prevents injury and decreases the risk of SIDS.
Nothing is covering the infants head
Sleeping on his or her back to sleep
Dressed in sleep clothing, such as a one-piece sleeper
No blanket, pillows, toys or loose objects
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HS Performance Standards: 1302.47 (A)(B)1-5