Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death in infants one month to a year of age.
SIDS is the sudden, unexplained death of an infant that doesn’t have a known cause after a full investigation.
While SIDS is not completely predictable or preventable, there are several steps you can take to minimize the risk.
Since a national safe sleep campaign was launched in 1994, instructing parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs rather than their stomachs, there has been a 53 percent decline in SIDS death nationwide.
In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released additional recommendations on safe sleep environments for infants to help further reduce the incidence of SIDS, adapted as the ABC’S for Safe Sleep:
- A – Alone: babies should not share a bed with anyone.
- B – Back: babies should be put to rest on their backs.
- C – Crib: the safest place for a baby to sleep is in a crib or bassinet; flat surface; no toys or heavy blankets.
- S – Smoking: smoke exposure increases a baby’s risk of SIDS.
Cone Health Women’s Hospital has joined the effort to stop SIDS and is currently working on becoming a Safe Sleep Model of Excellence.
Women’s Hospital has assembled an exceptional safe sleep initiative team dedicated to staff training, patient education through inpatient modeling and prenatal classes, and community outreach in an effort to create safer sleep environments and help decrease the risk of SIDS for infants throughout the community.
Dr. Matthew Baldwin is a pediatric resident at Cone Health Women’s Hospital and UNC Hospitals.
Dr. Baldwin received his Doctor of Medicine from Texas Tech University School of Medicine in 2012.
He is currently assisting with staff education to help Women’s Hospital become designated as a Safe Sleep Model of Excellence.