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What is SIDS?

SIDS is the leading cause of death of infants between one month and one year old. Dr. Parikh explains some measures you can take to help prevent SIDS.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is the leading cause of death of infants between one month and one year old. What makes SIDS so frustrating is it can't be predicted or prevented. The medical community believes that children who die from SIDS usually have an underlying condition that causes it.

There are several SIDS prevention measures you can take during pregnancy and after. If you are pregnant, be sure to make regular doctor visits and don't smoke or drink alcohol. After the child is born, you should place your baby on his or her back while sleeping, never on their stomach. You should also have your baby sleep in his or her own crib, which should have a firm sleeping surface and should not have bumpers on the sides nor any blankets, toys, or stuffed animals. During your baby's first year, use a pacifier at bedtime but only if the baby is comfortable with one.

Preeti Parikh, MD

This video features Preeti Parikh, MD. Dr. Parikh, a board-certified pediatrician affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, is HealthiNation's chief medical editor.

Duration: 2:18. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Reviewed by: Dr Mera Goodman, Preeti Parikh, MD, . Review date: Sept. 5, 2015
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