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What is SIDS? How can the same be prevented?

What is SIDS? How can the same be prevented?

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death or crib death, is defined as the sudden death of an infant younger than 1 year of age that remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, thorough examination of the death scene, and review of the infant’s and family’s clinical histories

Prevention: –

  • Baby to sleep on his back; on a firm mattress
  • Room-sharing without bed-sharing is recommended
  • Keep soft objects and loose bedding out of the crib
  • Pregnant women should receive regular prenatal care
  • Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth
  • Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth
  • Breastfeeding is recommended
  • Consider offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime
  • Avoid overheating
  • Infants should be immunized as per schedule.
  • Avoid commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS
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