Sudden infant death syndrome (or SIDS) is the unexpected, unexplained death of a child under 1 year of age. SIDS most commonly occurs in children under 6 months old and the highest risk for SIDS is in children between 2 – 4 months old. There is no explanation for why a seemingly healthy child is suddenly affected with SIDS. More boys than girls are affected by SIDS. Almost all SIDS deaths occur without any warning and cannot be predicted. Almost all SIDS deaths occur during the sleeping hours of 10:00pm and 10:00am and increase in number during the winter (most often in January). SIDS can also occur during the day and while a child is in daycare so please educate your daycare providers as well. This article is intended to share tips on preventing SIDS.
For more information and tips on preventing SIDS, please visit www.sids.org, an organization that provided informational assistance with this article.
Tammy Gold, LCSW, MSW, CEC, is author of Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer: A Practical Guide for Finding and Achieving the Gold Standard of Care for Your Child (Perigee, January 6, 2015). Founder of Gold Parent Coaching, which specializes in parent coaching, therapy, nanny-family matching, training and mediation, she has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and People, and is a frequent guest on TV's Good Morning America and Today.
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