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Infant Safe Sleep Recommendations
Newborn babies sleep an average of 16 hours per day. It is very important to protect babies while they are sleeping as well as while they are awake. You can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by following a few simple rules when putting baby down to sleep.
Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID) When an infant under the age of 1 year dies suddenly and unexpectedly, it is called SUID. Some of these deaths may be caused by suffocation, asphyxia, infection, metabolic diseases, heart problems, injuries (accidental or non-accidental), SIDS, or other reasons. In some cases, the death is considered to be from an undetermined cause.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) This is when a healthy baby under the age of 1 year dies while sleeping, and no specific cause of the death is found. SIDS is a type of SUID.
Suffocation This occurs when a baby is not able to breathe due to lying in a position where something is blocking oxygen from getting to the baby. Suffocation is a type of SUID.
Room sharing Baby is sleeping close to parents or caregivers, but not in their bed. For example, a bassinet right next to parent's bed is one form of room sharing. This will not harm baby and may actually help reduce the rate of SIDS.
Bed sharing Baby is sleeping in the same bed as other people. This is not a safe way for a baby to sleep.