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Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby. In Alaska, SIDS is the leading cause of death for infants less than a year old.

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
  • Use sleep clothing instead of a blanket
  • Remove any blankets, toys, stuffed animals, crib bumpers, dangling cords or other strangulation or entrapment 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)

Want to learn more? Check out these SIDS resources.

American Academy of Pediatrics

National Institutes of Health's Safe to Sleep Campaign

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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