Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is very rare. Enjoy your time with your baby, and know that you can do a few things that can help to prevent SIDS.
SIDS is the death of a baby younger than 1 year with no known cause. In most cases, a parent or other caregiver puts the baby—who seems healthy—down to sleep and returns later to find that the baby has died. No one is at fault when a baby dies of SIDS. A SIDS death cannot be predicted, and in many cases it cannot be prevented.
Doctors do not know what causes SIDS. It seems to happen more often in premature and low-birth-weight babies. It also is seen more often in babies whose mothers did not get medical care during the pregnancy and in babies whose mothers smoke.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any questions.
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
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