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Baby's Safe Sleep

Helping Your Baby Sleep Safely

As a new or expecting parent, you have probably heard of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS.

SIDS is the sudden and unexpected death of a healthy baby, under one year of age. A SIDS diagnosis is based on an examination of the place where the baby died, an autopsy and a review of the baby's medical history. Once all other causes are ruled out the medical examiner may rule the cause of death as SIDS.

Click on the following links to learn about the steps you can take to reduce the risk of SIDS:

What Causes SIDS?

There are multiple causes of SIDS, but the actual causes are not fully understood. Researchers are studying genetics, infant development and the baby's surroundings (including the sleep environment) to find answers.

Some risk factors for SIDS include:

  • Baby sleeping on the stomach or side
  • An unsafe sleep place
  • Exposure to cigarette smoke
  • Premature or low birthweight baby

Other Links

North Carolina

NC Family Health Resource Line

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National

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Opens in new windowDanny Foundation - For crib and child product safety information, visit this Web site or call toll-free 1-800-833-2669 (1-800-83DANNY)

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Last updated: August 2005

 
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