SIDS by Baby’s Age Infographic (Text Alternative)

SIDS by Baby's Age

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age.

Even though SIDS can occur any time during a baby's first year, most SIDS deaths occur in babies between 1 and 4 months of age.

SIDS is less common after 8 months of age, but parents and caregivers should continue to follow safe sleep practices to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death until baby's first birthday.

More than 90% of all SIDS deaths occur before 6 months of age.

72% of SIDS deaths occur in Months 1–4.

To reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death:

Always place baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.

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Share your room with baby. Keep baby close to your bed, on a separate surface designed for infants.

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Use a firm and flat sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib*, covered by a fitted sheet with no other bedding or soft items in the sleep area.

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Breastfeed your baby to reduce the risk of SIDS.

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*For information on crib safety, contact the CPSC at 1-800-638-2772 or http://www.cpsc.gov.

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Learn more about ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death at http://safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov.

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