According to KidsHealth.org, children who are 1 month to 1 year old have a heightened risk of SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In the U.S., this syndrome alone causes 2,500 infant deaths every year. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests a few ways to protect your child from SIDS.
- A child should receive all doctor-recommended immunization shots. Vaccinating a child reduces their risk of SIDS by 50 percent.
- It is perfectly safe for a child to sleep in a parent’s room, but a child should never sleep in a parent’s bed.
- Bumper pads should not be used in a child’s crib; they can cause suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment.
- No extraneous items should be placed in a crib, this includes: pillows, blankets, toys, wedges, and positioners.
- When sleeping, a child should be placed on his/her back, on a firm surface.
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