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Safe Sleep for Baby

Your baby needs sleep. And so do you. You’ll both sleep easier if you know what the sleep risks are, and how best to keep your little one safe while he slumbers.

Sleeping Risks

All babies under 1 year old are at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), especially those younger than 6 months. It happens when a child is sleeping. It isn’t caused by an infection or a medication, and it can’t be spread. It’s listed as the cause of death if there’s no other explanation. Certain things increase the chances of it. These include:

  • Premature birth
  • Exposure to alcohol or drugs before birth
  • Exposure to smoking before or after birth
  • Infection

It’s unclear if having a sibling who died of SIDS increases the risk.

Sometimes a baby’s airway becomes blocked while he sleeps. This can lead to sudden unexpected infant death (SUID).

Read more on WebMD.

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