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What can i do to reduce my baby's risk of sid?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Several answers.: The risk of sids (sudden infant death syndrome) is greatest in the first 6 months of life, and is significantly increased by putting your baby to sleep on her stomach or side. Infants should always be put to sleep on their stomachs. Another factor that increases sids risk is having a smoker in the house. Factors that decrease risk include pacifier use and background noise such as a fan.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Keep crib empty: Make sure there is nothing in the crib with baby, such as blankets, stuffed animals, pillows and crib bumpers. Use a sleep sack or swaddle blanket to keep baby warm and to ensure that nothing creeps up in front of their face.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
The following:: 1. Sleep on back. 2. No cosleeping. 3. No pillow or blanket. 4. No smoking. 5. A well-ventilated room, with some air movement in the room (a small fan well away from the child).
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Sleep on back: Sleeping on the back (face-up) is the position with the least chance of sids. Avoid smoking in the home or around the baby. Don't wrap a baby too tightly nor make the baby too warm. Put the baby in a crib or bassinet to sleep (not on a sofa nor an adult bed).

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How do I know if my baby might be at risk of sid?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
No one knows.: However, the risk of sids (sudden infant death syndrome) is greatest in the first 6 months of life, and is significantly increased by putting your baby to sleep on her stomach or side. Infants should always be put to sleep on their stomachs. Another factor that increases sids risk is having a smoker in the house. Factors that decrease risk include pacifier use and background noise such as a fan.
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At what age is my baby no longer at risk for sid?

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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
One: The diagnosis of sids is limited to the first year of life. The "back to sleep" program has decreased the incidence of sids. Most cases of sids occur in the first three months of life.

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