Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. Baby Laying in CribApproximately 1500 infants die from SIDS in the United States each year. SIDS most commonly affects babies between ages 1and 4 months, 90% of cases involve infants younger than 6 months.

What is SIDS?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS is the sudden, unexpected death of a baby younger than 1 year of age that doesn’t have a known cause even after a complete investigation.


According to the American Academy of Pediatrics research shows parents and caregivers can take the following actions to help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death:

  • Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time.
  • Always use a firm sleep surface. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.
  • The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).
  • Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads.
  • Wedges and positioners should not be used.
  • Pregnant woman should receive regular prenatal care.
  • Don’t smoke or use illegal drugs during pregnancy or after birth.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended.
  • Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
  • Avoid covering the infant’s head or overheating.
  • Do not use home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
  • Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).

The Jasper County Prevent Child Abuse Agency and Parents As Teachers can be reached by contacting them at 641-831-4531. Jasper County Health Department recently received a Love Our Kids grant to promote injury prevention and will be doing more education to the public.

Additional Information

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Grief Resources: If you or someone you know has lost a baby, the following organizations offer support.