What Can I Do To Reduce My Baby’s Risk of SUID?

Infant Loss Resources is honored to have had the opportunity to participate in the production of a DVD along with the Terrell and Freedline families.  The DVD was made in loving memory of their daughters Lola Marie Terrell and Sydney Nicole Freedline.


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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment), following the recommendations listed here will significantly reduce your baby’s risk:

Back to sleep for every sleep – (notes from clinical report include the recommendation of skin to skin contact immediately after birth for one hour)

  • Use a firm sleep surface
  • Breastfeeding is recommended
  • Infants should sleep in the parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed, but on a separate sleep surface designed for infants, ideally for the first year of life, but at least for the first 6 months
  • Keep soft objects and loose bedding away from infant’s sleep area to reduce the risk of SIDS, suffocation, entrapment and strangulation.
  • Consider offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
  • Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth.
  • Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.
  • Avoid overheating and head covering in infants.
  • Pregnant women should obtain regular prenatal care.
  • Infants should be immunized in accordance with recommendations of the AAP and CDC.
  • Avoid the use of commercial devices that are inconsistent with safe sleep recommendations
  • Do not use cardiorespiratory monitors as a strategy to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended to facilitate development and to minimize development of positional plagiocephaly (flattening of baby’s head).
  • There is no evidence that swaddling is a strategy to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Health care professionals, staff in newborn nurseries and NICUs, and child care providers should endorse and model the SIDS risk reduction recommendations from birth.
  • Media and manufacturers should follow safe sleep guidelines in their messaging and advertising.
  • Continue the Safe to Sleep campaign, focusing on ways to reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths, including SIDS, suffocation and other unintentional deaths.  Pediatricians and other primary care providers should actively participate in this campaign.
  • Continue research and surveillance on risk factors, causes and pathophysiologic mechanisms of SIDS and other sleep related infant death, with the ultimate goal of eliminating these deaths altogether.

Pediatrics, October 2016, AAP Policy Statement


Because smoking is also a risk factor for SIDS/SUID, it is important that pregnant women avoid smoking. Parents should also avoid exposing their babies to 2nd hand smoke.

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