Home Health House Calls: SIDS

KTVE -- Here's the Tuesday edition of Home Health House Calls.

SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

It is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old, and claims the lives of about 2,500 each year in the United States.

SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant.

While there is no definitive explanation there are factors that increase risk of occurrence such as smoking, drinking, or drug use during pregnancy, poor prenatal care, and exposure to second hand smoke following birth.

The risk of SIDS can be greatly reduced. Always lay an infant on their back to sleep. Never place a baby that is less than a year old face down on their stomachs. Place your baby on a firm mattress to sleep and do not use a pillow. Also dress the baby with fitting clothes and do not use blankets to cover the baby.

These are only a few preventative measures that are available. Do the research and get educated on SIDS and SIDS prevention.

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