SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, is the leading cause of death among babies between 1 month and 1 year of age. And it can even happen to healthy infants.
While the exact cause of SIDS is still unknown, there are several factors that put babies at a higher risk. According to Jill Lucas-Drakeford, a Carilion Clinic Community Health Educator and safe sleep expert, babies are at a higher risk for SIDS if they:
- Sleep on their stomachs
- Sleep on or under soft or loose bedding
- Get too hot during sleep
- Sleep on soft surfaces, such as an adult mattress, couch or chair
- Are exposed to cigarette smoke in the womb or in their environment, such as at home, in the car, in the bedroom or other areas
- Sleep in an adult bed with parents, other children or pets.
But there are several things you can do to help keep your little one safe and sound while she snoozes. Watch the video below for more on how to prevent suffocation hazards and infant safe sleep.
Carilion Children's Hospital and Kohl's Cares are committed to keeping babies safe while they sleep. Learn more about Kohl's Infant Safe Sleep (KISS) program.