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How can i prevent sudden infant death syndrome?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Sleep Position: Babies who sleep on their stomach or side, have a higher risk of sids, therefore they should always sleep on their back. Pacifier use and background noise, such as a ceiling fan, have been shown to decrease the risk as well. Smokers in the home and overheating have been shown to increase the risk.
Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Back to Sleep: We still don't know what causes sids, but we do know ways to reduce the risk of it. The most important thing you can do for your infant is put them on their back when they go to sleep. For a full list of suggestions from the aap on how to reduce the risk of sids, see the link below. http://www.healthychildren.org/english/ages-stages/baby/sleep/pages/preventing-sids.aspx.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Back Sleeping: The major way is for your infant to sleep on their back. Altho not 100% preventative, it is the single best method. Secondly, do not co-bed with your child.Even in the best of situations, tragedies have occured.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
And don't smoke
Nov 4, 2012

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A 22-year-old female asked:

What are the best ways to prevent sudden infant death syndrome?

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Dr. Rodrigo Argenal
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Back to sleep: Number one measure is to place your baby on her back when sleeping always until she is at least 9 months. Other measures include keeping room temperature comfortably cool, not smoking and placing on a firm baby mattress bed without any side bumpers, pillows, heavy sheets or stuffed animals.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
I'd agree with most but relax at 5- 6mo.I still put them down on their back but by then the kid picks their own sleep position & I don't think the data supports mom or dad checking all night to see if the kid flips over.
Jan 26, 2012
Dr. Rodrigo Argenal
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Provided original answer
agree with dr ferguson's addendum.
Jan 26, 2012
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
I agree with Dr. Ferguson. Put baby to bed on her back, but if she's able to roll back to front, you don't need to reposition all night long.
Jan 26, 2012
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is there anything you can do to prevent the symptoms of sudden infant death?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Back to sleep: Placing infants on their back to sleep has dropped the crib death rate by 40% in the us in the past decade or so. Rate increases with prone or side sleeping , smokers in the household, prematurity, multiple births & poverty.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What causes sudden infant death syndrome?

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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Varioius reasons: Sids can be very devastating to a family, as you can imagine. Unfortunately, it is more of a symptom and does not tell you much about the cause. Here is link for some information about it: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002533/.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What is sudden infant death syndrome sids?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Unexplained death <1: Sids(also called crib death, cot death or sudden & unexplained death of infancy) is just that, unexplained. First described in egyptian hieroglyphs, this occurs randomly thru all races & cultures. It is seen is early as a few days of age& by research definition up to 1yr. It tends to cluster in the first 4m, occur more in babies sleeping on their belly, in premi's, in households with smokers.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

What are the causes of sudden infant death ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Unknown: Although researched for decades the actual cause eludes us. In theory something in the breathing center of babies brain may be vulnerable. At most we understand associations. Prematurity, poverty, smokers in household, multiple birth & the big one, sleeping on the belly, are all associated with higher risk.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
And bed-sharing.
Nov 4, 2012
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
And bed-sharing.
Nov 4, 2012

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