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Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is defined as the sudden or unexpected death of an apparently healthy child less than one year-old. It is also known as cot death or crib death. The baby is generally found dead after being put to bed, showing no signs of having suffered.
SIDS is more likely to occur between 2 and 4 months of age, and affects boys more than girls. The majority of deaths due to SIDS occur during winter.
Measures to take to prevent sudden infant death:
Avoid smoking by the mother during gestation and lactation
Place the baby facing upwards for the first 6 months of life when sleeping
Avoid smoking in the environment of the infant
Avoid excess heating and bedclothes in winter
The comfortable temperature is around 20° centigrade
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Substantiated information by:
Anna Sandra Hernández AguadoGynecologistGynecology Department
Isabel Benito DíazMidwifeGynecology Department
Maria Àngels Martínez VerdúMidwifeGynecology Department
Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018
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