Jan 25, 2011 6:19 AM by Jenise Fernandez
Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, is one the the leading causes of infant deaths in the U.S. Although doctors don't really know the cause of SIDS, there are a few ways to protect your baby.
Dr. Rebecca Doise from Women's and Children's Hospital says the first thing parents should do is make sure to lay their baby down on his or her back.
"Babies that lay on their stomachs don't turn their heads easily and tend to be over-covered," she said.
If you have pillows and stuffed animals in the crib, make sure you take them out before putting your baby to sleep.
"They don't have the strength to pull away from those things and it can smother them," said Dr. Doise.
Another way to protect your infant from sudden death is to avoid sleeping with them.
"When their baby cries or moves next to them and they are very tired, they can easily roll over on their baby or have the baby roll out of bed," said Dr. Doise.
Instead, parents can have the crib in the room with them to monitor their baby.
"Nothing is a sure thing and it's really safer for the baby to be in a bed of their own," said Dr. Doise.