The relationship between sleep surface and SIDS

The relationship between sleep surface and SIDS
There is evidence that the type of sleep surface can be a risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as crib death. 
SIDS is the sudden and unexpected death of an infant under one year of age, which cannot be explained after a thorough investigation.

Infants who sleep on soft surfaces, such as sofas, waterbeds, or other soft furniture, are at increased risk of SIDS compared to infants who sleep on a firm, flat surface. 

Soft surfaces may cause the infant to sink or become trapped, which can interfere with their breathing.

 In addition, soft surfaces may be more prone to overheating, which can also increase the risk of SIDS.

To reduce the risk of SIDS, it is important to use a firm, flat surface for sleep, such as a crib or bassinet, and to avoid placing the infant on soft surfaces or in environments that are too warm.

 It is also important to avoid using pillows, comforters, quilts, or other soft bedding in the infant’s sleep environment, and to dress the infant in light, breathable clothing.

In addition to the sleep surface, it is important to be aware of other risk factors for SIDS, such as placing the infant on their stomach to sleep and exposing the infant to tobacco smoke. 

By taking steps to reduce the risk of SIDS, parents can help protect the health and well-being of their infant.

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