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SIDS Risk Factors Depend On Baby’s Age

In a new study published today by Pediatrics, researchers reported that the risk factors of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) depend on baby's age. The study reported on 8,207 deaths between 2004 and 2012 in 24 states, and deaths were divided by age: zero to three months in one category and four months to one year in the other.

Across the board, the majority of infants (69 percent) were bed-sharing at the time of death. This percentage was much higher, however, for babies three months or younger (73.8 percent versus 58.9 percent). In babies who died after four months, the highest risk factor was sleeping with or next to blankets or stuffed animals.

While the conclusion suggested that sleep-related infant deaths risk factors are different for younger and older infants, the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations for avoiding such deaths are the same no matter what baby's age is. Suggestions include always putting baby to sleep on his back, never allowing him to sleep in the same bed as you, keeping the crib as clear of objects like blankets or bumper pads as possible and breastfeeding, if possible.

How do you make sure baby is sleeping safely?