New Guidelines to Prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Learn the updated American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations on how to protect your baby from SIDS.

Sanaz Majd, MD
5-minute read
Episode #86

Since 1992, when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that all infants be placed on their backs to sleep, the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) has decreased by at least 50% in the U.S. However, since then, other causes of infant death during sleep have actually risen. These include suffocation, asphyxia, and entrapment. Why is that, you may be wondering? Well, there are many other ways in which we can endanger our babies, especially with what we place in their crib environment and what we expose them to.

Losing a baby is absolutely tragic. I don’t think there’s much more that can cause more pain and suffering to a family. And what’s worse, most of these instances are preventable.

So please take a few minutes to learn the latest AAP recommendations that were released in October of 2011 on how to prevent sleep related infant death. Making these simple changes can save your baby’s life.

How to Prevent Sleep-Related Infant Death

About 90% of SIDS occurs within the first 6 months of life, and the rates slowly decline until age 1. Research shows that taking some simple measures to create a safe sleeping and living environment can keep your baby safe during this crucial time period. Here I will summarize the AAP’s recently updated recommendations in my 12 Quick and Dirty Tips to decrease the risk infant death during sleep:


Please note that all content here is strictly for informational purposes only. This content does not substitute any medical advice, and does not replace any medical judgment or reasoning by your own personal health provider. Please always seek a licensed physician in your area regarding all health related questions and issues.

About the Author

Sanaz Majd, MD

Dr. Sanaz Majd is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Her special interests are women's health and patient education.