SIDS: What You Need to Know

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  • What Is SIDS?
  • How Common Is SIDS?
  • African-Americans and SIDS
  • Why Does SIDS Happen?
  • What Pregnant Mothers Can Do Now
  • Preventing SIDS
  • What Is “Tummy Time”?
  • Other Types of Infant Loss
  • Handling Loss
  • October Is SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

African-Americans and SIDS

While SIDS rates have fallen over the years, African-American babies are grossly affected by SIDS. Our babies have over twice the infant death as whites and our babies have the second highest rate of SIDS, says WomensHealth.Gov. Past data suggests that Black parents are more likely to lay their babies on their bellies when sleeping and have blankets and other items in the beds, all of which raises a baby’s risk of SIDS

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