Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Prevention

Prevention of SIDS may include:

  • Place the infant on his or her back to sleep.
  • Avoid over-bundling the infant:
    • Cover the infant loosely with a blanket.
  • Avoid soft sleep surfaces, such as:
    • Pillows
    • Thick mattress pads
    • Comforters
    • Waterbeds
  • A pacifier may lower the risk of SIDS.
  • Do not place objects in the crib.
  • Place the infant in a crib to sleep:
    • Do not sleep with the infant in your bed.
  • Avoid exposing the infant to smoke.
  • Use a home apnea monitor:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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