Prevent SIDS: Parents should discuss infant sleep with caregivers

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) remains one of the leading causes of death for infants 1 month to 1 year of age. Twenty percent of SIDS deaths occur while an infant is in child care, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. George Lister, chairman of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center, advises parents to make sure caregivers do not place infants on their tummies for sleeping.

“It is impossible to predict which babies will die from SIDS, but parents and caregivers can reduce SIDS risks,” Dr. Lister says. “Infants should always be placed on their backs and on a firm mattress to sleep, even for naps. Extra blankets, pillows and stuffed animals should be removed from the crib during sleep time.”

A sleep sack is a good alternative to loose blankets if extra warmth is needed for infants during winter. Babies should not be overdressed and room temperatures should be kept at a comfortable level for lightly clothed adults.

Visit www.utsouthwestern.org/pediatrics to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services for pediatrics.

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month.

Media Contact: Erin Prather Stafford

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