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Sudden Unidentified Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS)
Sudden Unidentified Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS) is diagnosed when a child under the age of 1 passes away suddenly without an initial, obvious reason. Although the direct cause of SUIDS is unknown, medical experts agree that safe sleeping habits are linked to a lower chance of SUIDS.
The following are a few ways you can create a safe sleeping environment and keep your baby safe when sleeping:
- Place your baby on their back when you put them to sleep, and periodically check in to make sure they remain on their back. Babies who sleep on their backs have an easier time breathing and have less pressure on their bellies.
- Sleep in the same room as your baby, but in separate beds, for at least the first 6 months.
- Make sure your baby's bed is firm and keep any soft objects such as blankets and pillows off the bed. Items like these could potentially make it difficult for your baby to breath comfortably.
- Check to make sure your baby does not overheat when sleeping. Dress them in loose, cool clothing and avoid hats and socks. Overheating can lead to trouble breathing for babies.
The possibility of SUIDS poses a severe stress for parents of infants. Although no known direct cause of SUIDS has been identified, it is important to follow safe sleeping habits to prevent your baby from having trouble breathing. For more information about protective factors against SUIDS, click here.
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