Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

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Pregnancy Risk Factors

Research indicates that some infants are at a higher risk of SIDS because of certain risk factors that have been identified.
  • Low birth weight (less than 5 pounds)Pregnant Mom
  • Premature (less than 37 weeks)
  • Maternal smoking during pregnancy
  • Multiple births (for example: twins, triplets)
  • Maternal age younger than 18 years
  • Less than 18 months between births

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics, First Candle/SIDS Alliance, Reducing the Risk of SIDS in Child Care: Training for Child Care Providers. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2003

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Breastfeeding and SIDS

For More Information Contact:
Tina Goodwin, RN
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026

Phone: (402) 471-0165
Fax: (402) 471-7049

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