Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A Pediatrician Tells You How to Decrease Your Baby’s Risk of SIDS! by Catherine Merritt

Kids' Health
6 years ago

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A Pediatrician Tells You How to Decrease Your Baby’s Risk of SIDS!

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is when a seemingly healthy baby dies in his or her sleep. I interviewed Dr. Dania Rumbak, head pediatrician, chief medical officer and co-founder of the pediatric urgent care service Baby Doctor, and she shared these important steps to help prevent SIDS:

  • NEVER put your baby to sleep in your bed. Pillows, sheets and comforters can cause suffocation, or you can roll onto your baby in the night. Waterbeds and cushions are also unsafe for sleeping babies.
  • Put your baby to sleep in the same room as you until she reaches 1 year old.
  • Always put your baby to sleep on his back. 
  • Babies should sleep on a firm surface with a tight-fitting sheet. There should be nothing else in the crib with the baby.
  • Do not let your baby sleep on overly plush surfaces, such as a couch or adult bed.

For more on sudden infant death syndrome, visit and

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal health care provider.

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Elisa Schmitz
Excellent advice for expectant and new parents on how to help prevent SIDS. Thank you for sharing, Catherine Merritt and Catherine Merritt !
Ann Marie Patitucci
Thank you for this important advice, Catherine Merritt!
For me SIDS is terrifying with each new article read about it and I think traditional Finnish baby boxes are really smart concept. I like the idea that I can sleep so close to my baby, but separately - and it is safe and convenient for us both. We’ve already received a package, ordered on the website: . The carton box seems to be really durable and comfortable, so with any doubts baby will sleep soundly.

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