Article ID: 44
Some important precautions to prevent SID
Mary-Jay Health and Education
Advise from Dr Debo
• Place infants on their backs to go to sleep on a firm surface, and don't have a lot of excessive bedding that little faces or noses can easily get caught in, which will compromise breathing.
• Move stuffed animals out of the bed, and make sure all sheets and bedding are well tucked in on all sides.
• Avoid heavy wrapping or overheating of your baby, and keep their room at a temperature at which they'll be comfortable in just a couple of layers of clothing.
• The safest place for a baby to sleep is in their own crib in the parent's bedroom, or somewhere where you can easily check on them frequently.
• Don't share a bed with your baby during sleep.
• Avoid exposure to tobacco smoke before and after birth. I can't stress this enough. Smoking always rears its ugly head with a lot of things that can go wrong with babies, including SIDS.
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