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Risk Factors

While Sudden Infant Death can strike any infant, researches have noted several factors that may increase a baby’s risk. 
      • Certain risk factors have been identified during the pregnancy. To prevent possible risk factors, maintain a healthy pregnancy by getting early and consistent prenatal care, staying within the overall weight gain goals, and stop smoking, drinking alcohol, or using “street” drugs. 
      • Several factors increase a baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death.  Some risk factors may be reduced by maintaining a healthy pregnancy, a smoke free home, and providing a safe sleep environment.
      • Certain environmental aspects and baby positioning also provide risks for Sudden Infant Death.
      • The Triple-Risk Model describes three conditions, that when combined, may lead to a death from SIDS.

Click on the following links to learn more about these risk factors. 

For More Information Contact:
Jackie Moline, RN, BSN
Maternal-Infant Community Health Nurse, Sr.
Maternal & Infant Health Program
DHHS - Division of Public Health
(402) 471-0165 - Cell (402) 326-6415 - Fax (402) 471-7049

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