Several factors increase a baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
- Low birth weight infants
- Premature infants
- Sex of the baby, boys have a higher incidence of SIDS
- Race: African American, American Indian or Native Alaskan babies have a higher risk for SIDS.
- Babies who sleep on their stomachs
- Babies used to sleeping on their back are switched to sleep on their stomachs
- Secondhand smoke
- Baby’s age Increased vulnerability to SIDS when they are 1 to 6 months old with the peak time during 2-3 months of age. SIDS may occur up to one year of age.
- Overheating / over dressing your baby Increased risk of SIDS
- Evidence of a recent respiratory infections within four weeks of death was commonly revealed on autopsies
- Siblings of a baby who died of SIDS have a small risk of SIDS possibly linked to a genetic disorder.
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