August is SIDS Awareness Month.
SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby under the age of one year.
Because many SIDS babies are found in their cribs, some people called it "crib death," but cribs do not cause SIDS. Health care professionals do not know what causes SIDS, but they do know that it is the leading cause of death in babies under one month of age. More SIDS deaths occur in colder months, and babies placed to sleep on their stomachs are much more likely to die of SIDS than babies placed on their backs to sleep.
There are several things that parents can do to lower the risk of SIDS, including:
- Place your baby on his or her back to sleep at nighttime and naptime, and be sure your baby's caregiver does the same.