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Safe Sleep for Alaska’s Babies

September 25, 2019

Parents and caregivers may be aware of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), or the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby. In Alaska, SIDS is one of the leading causes of death for infants less than a year old.

There are a number of ways to lower a baby’s risk of SIDS while giving him/her the best care possible. Simple actions can make a big difference.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests the following to create a safe sleep environment for infants:

  • Share a room with your baby, but not a bed—infants should always sleep alone
  • Place your baby on his back to sleep every time
  • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a safety-approved crib mattress, with a tight-fitting sheet
  • Never place your baby to sleep on a couch, sofa, or armchair
  • Remove any blankets, toys, stuffed animals, crib bumpers, dangling cords or other hazards from the baby's sleep space
  • Avoid exposure to smoke, alcohol, or illicit drugs
  • Avoid overheating (in general, infants should have no greater than 1 layer more than an adult would wear to be comfortable)

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