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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.

By
Sanaz Majd, MD
5-minute read
Episode #86

8. Avoid Sleep Positioning Devices: Sleep positioning devices and wedges to keep the baby on her side or back are marketed for those infants with reflux and often claim that they decrease the risk of SIDS. However, this has not found to be true, and in fact, they have been associated with suffocation and entrapment.

9. Get Routine Prenatal Care: For unknown reasons, studies show that those women who obtain routine prenatal care have infants with less incidence of SIDS.

10. Avoid Cigarette Smoke: Women who smoke during pregnancy, or expose their babies to cigarette smoke, have a much higher risk of SIDS. So you’re just going to have to tell Aunt Bertha that you can’t visit her with all that cigarette smoke permeating her home, whether it’s during your pregnancy or after.

11. Avoid Alcohol and Illicit Drugs: Studies show that women who drink alcohol or use illicit drugs during their pregnancy and after delivery have infants with a higher risk of SIDS, along with a long list of other tragic effects. 

12. Immunize Your Baby: Multiple studies have shown that babies who receive their routine vaccinations may actually have a benefit over those who don’t in protecting against SIDS.

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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.