SIDS: What You Need to Know

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  • 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
  • What Is SIDS?
  • How Common Is SIDS?
  • African-Americans and SIDS

Preventing SIDS 

To reduce your baby’s risk, the American Association of Pediatrics suggests: Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, even for short naps; use a firm sleep surface, such as a crib mattress covered with a fitted sheet; don’t put covers and loose bedding in the crib; keep the babies cool, don’t let them get overheated; and have your baby sleep with a pacifier.

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