To say that Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a scary subject is an understatement of colossal proportions. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve asked yourself “what if that happened to my baby?” It’s a horrifying thought, but my intent in this article is not to spook you, but rather to provide you with some tips that may reduce the risk of SIDS for your baby.
Preventing SIDS starts well before your baby is even born. Studies have shown that women who value routine prenatal care from a qualified healthcare professional can help prevent health risks that may contribute to SIDS.
During pregnancy, it’s of the utmost importance that you abstain from smoking, drinking, and doing drugs, as SIDS incidences are higher for babies whose mothers did not cease the use of these substances.
After your baby is born, breastfeeding for even as little as two months can reduce the risk of SIDS. One thing to note is that breastfeeding does not have to be exclusive. According to multiple studies, babies who were both breastfed and formula-fed during this window seemed to benefit equally. Also, the longer a mother breastfeeds, the lesser the risk of SIDS is. Babies breastfed up to 6 months can have a 60% less chance of SIDS.
Your baby’s sleep routine matters. Babies are less likely to fall victim to SIDS if they sleep on their backs on a firm mattress free of toys, blankets, and other objects. It’s a common misconception that babies get cold more easily than adults. In fact, babies who are overly warm seem to be more susceptible to SIDS. Resist the urge to pack on too many layers of clothes and blankets. Also, it’s believed that sleeping with a pacifier can reduce the risk of SIDS.
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