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Published on February 17, 2009

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Infants who slept in a bedroom with a fan ventilating the air had a dramatically 72 percent lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) compared to infants who slept in a bedroom without a fan, according to a new study published in October 6 issue of Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine. SIDS is the third leading cause of death among infants aged between a week and a year, killing up to 2,500 infants annually in the United States and thousands worldwide.

 

SIDS is the leading cause of 2,500 infants death aged 1 month to 1 year old annually, and the third leading cause of overall infant mortality in the United States, and deaths tend to peak in winter months. SIDS isn't any one illness or disease, it is frightening because it can strike without warning, usually in a seemingly healthy infant.

Avoid tummy sleeping. A baby's risk of SIDS has been found to be 1.7 to 12.9 percent higher if he sleeps on his tummy instead of his back

Avoid tummy sleeping. A baby's risk of SIDS

has been found to be 1.7

to 12.9 percent higher if

he sleeps on his tummy

instead of his back

Avoid soft bedding: pillow, waterbed, sheepskin, or other soft surface in cribs. Place your baby on a firm mattress to sleep. To prevent “re-breathing”, do not put blankets, comforters, stuffed toys, or pillows near the baby

Avoid soft bedding: pillow,

waterbed, sheepskin, or other soft

surface in cribs. Place your baby on a firm mattress

to sleep. To prevent “re-breathing”,

do not put blankets, comforters,

stuffed toys, or pillows near the baby

Pacifiers also seem to protect babies, the researchers said, perhaps because the handles prevent a child’s face from becoming pressed against the mattress. A research study in 2005 found the use of a pacifier cut the risk of SIDS by 90%.

Pacifiers also seem to protect babies,

the researchers said, perhaps because

the handles prevent a child’s face from

becoming pressed against the

mattress.

Overheating may significantly raise the risk of SIDS. Overheating can result from overheated room, wrapping or covering a baby with too many blankets, particularly when baby has a fever or respiratory infection. Keep the room at a temperature that feels comfortable for an adult in a short-sleeve shirt.

Overheating may significantly raise

the risk of SIDS. Overheating can result from

overheated room, wrapping or

covering a baby with too many

blankets, particularly when baby has

a fever or respiratory infection. Keep the room at a temperature that

feels comfortable for an adult in a

short-sleeve shirt.

The use of fans and sleeping in a room with an open window was also found to lower the risk by more than 70%

The use of fans and sleeping in a room

with an open window was also found to

lower the risk by more than 70%

Do not smoke, drink, or use drugs while pregnant. Infants of mothers who smoked during pregnancy are three times more likely to die of SIDS than those whose mothers were smoke-free; exposure to secondhand smoke doubles a baby's risk of SIDS. Do not expose your baby to secondhand smoke.

Do not smoke, drink, or use drugs while

pregnant. Infants of mothers who smoked

during pregnancy are three times more likely

to die of SIDS than those whose mothers were

smoke-free; exposure to secondhand smoke

doubles a baby's risk of SIDS.

Do not expose your baby to secondhand

smoke.

Receive early and regular prenatal care. Make sure your baby has regular well-baby checkups.

Receive early and regular

prenatal care.

Make sure your baby has

regular well-baby checkups.

Breastfeed, if possible. There is some evidence that breastfeeding may help decrease the incidence of SIDS. Growing public awareness of SIDS and the steps to reduce infants' risk of sudden death hopefully will leave fewer parents searching for answers in the future for protecting their infants from SIDS tragedy.

Breastfeed, if possible. There is

some evidence that breastfeeding

may help decrease the incidence of

SIDS.

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