Thursday, July 23, 2015

In the second part of a series on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Dr. Edward Hill discusses measures parents can take to lower the risk of their child dying from SIDS in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Doctors dont know what causes SIDS, but they have found some things you can do to make your baby safer.

Get early and regular prenatal care. After your baby is born, dont let anyone smoke near him or her. Babies who breathe secondhand smoke are at higher risk of SIDS.

Always put your baby on his or her back to go to sleep. Babies who sleep on their stomach or side are at higher risk of SIDS.

Always put your baby to sleep in a crib or bassinet. Its dangerous to share a bed with your baby while youre sleeping. Its especially dangerous when your baby is younger than three months.

Its a good idea to keep your babys crib next to your bed, or at least in your room. Use a firm mattress with a fitted sheet. Make sure there are no gaps between the mattress and sides of the crib.

Make sure your baby has regular checkups and gets all recommended vaccinations. This makes SIDS much less likely.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.