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SIDS Safety

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among babies under a year old in the United States, with 90 percent of cases occurring in babies less than six months old. It is incredibly scary for parents as it often occurs without any kind of warning sign.

Medical experts are still unsure of the exact cause of SIDS, but some commonalities have been identified in newborns diagnosed with it. Many medical experts, such as physicians specializing in pediatrics in Phoenix AZ, attribute SIDS to underlying health issues, such as abnormal heart function, breathing, or blood pressure. Another factor that medical professionals specializing in infant care in Phoenix and other areas have identified is adverse newborn care, specifically sleeping arrangements.

Numerous studies have been conducted on bed sharing as it relates to SIDS with a majority concluding that it is a dangerous newborn care practice that increases risk. Most physicians specializing in newborn care and pediatrics in Phoenix AZ will advise against bed sharing for safety purposes, especially in the following circumstances:

  • The baby is under the age of 3 months old
  • One or both parents are smokers
  • One or both parents have taken sedatives or other substances
  • More than three people (including the baby) are sharing a bed
  • The sleeping surface or bedding is very soft

To best protect your baby from suffocating or developing SIDS, Happy Valley pediatricians and other pediatricians throughout the country would highly recommend that you do not share a bed with your newborn.

If you are interested in learning more about proper newborn care for your child, visit with the expert pediatricians at Pediatrix. Our physicians and staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable about all aspects of child health, and are able to provide the most excellent, specialized care. Additionally, we are always available to answer any and all questions you may have about the health, safety and wellbeing of your precious little one. To make an appointment with Pediatrix, call (602) 866-0550 or contact us online.

Posted in Blog on July 4th, 2014