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NIH Back to Sleep Campaign Successful in Reducing SIDS Deaths


The rate of SIDS has decreased 50% since the NIH started the Back to Sleep campaign 13 years ago. Other tips for promoting safe sleep for babies:

      • avoid soft bedding (extra blankets and quilts)
      • don't let babies sleep with adults (roll over deaths)
      • no stuffed animals in babies bed
The peak age of danger for babies is age 2-3 months. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises putting babies bassinet or crib in a room with adults until they are older than 10 months of age. Pacifiers at bed time also have a protective effect in preventing SIDS. Keep your baby safe - back to sleep!
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