Losing a baby to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a tragedy that devastates parents, family members, friends, and others who care for the child. The good news is that all of those who provide care for an infant can help reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the cause given when an infant dies suddenly and no other cause can be found.
Create a safe sleep space.
Practice healthy behaviors.
Provide “tummy time” while the baby is awake and being observed. This can help motor development and help prevent flat spots from forming on the back of the baby’s head. A baby can usually roll over alone around 4–5 months. After that, you will not need to keep moving the baby onto his back. Sleeping on the back and supervised play on the tummy are both good for infants.2016
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