What can I do to prevent the risk of SIDS for my infant?

Ok so I am completley parranoid about SIDS, and I have freaked myself out about it. I know of a few things to prevent it, like having my son sleep on his back, and not puting him to sleep on blankets and stuff. But I just want to know that I am doing everything I can to prevent it, so any tips for this new mom would be helpful and reassuring. Thank you.


Asked by ashtonjames at 12:14 AM on Jan. 24, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I've heard that keeping a fan running in the room, near the baby, but not blowing directly on the baby is something that works. Also giving the baby a pacifier when they are sleeping help prevent SIDS.

    Answer by Rebecca7708 at 12:17 AM on Jan. 24, 2009

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  • You are doing all the right things. Keep up the good work. Oh also you might want to buy one of these.
    I am sure you can find one that doesn't cost this much : )

    Answer by BubblesB at 12:18 AM on Jan. 24, 2009

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  • I've heard the fan thing too. You seem to have it all covered. Just be a good mom which I'm sure you are and you'll know what your baby needs.

    Answer by julipickle at 12:20 AM on Jan. 24, 2009

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  • "The evidence for indicting immunisations for SIDS is circumstantial, but compelling. However, the keepers of the keys to medical-research funds are not interested in researching this very important lead to the cause of an ongoing, and possibly preventable, tragedy. Anything that implies that immunisations are not the greatest medical advance in the history of public health is ignored or ridiculed. Can you imagine the economic and political import of discovering that immunisations are killing thousands of babies?" --Dr. Douglass M.D.

    Answer by Autumn22 at 1:16 AM on Jan. 24, 2009

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  • oh yeah Autumn-In other countries they call SIDS vaccine death or crib death!

    Answer by TanyaR1024 at 1:26 AM on Jan. 24, 2009

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  • I know a mama on here whose baby died after vaccines. They labled it as a vaccine death though I believe instead of SIDS.

    "Crib death" was so infrequent in the pre-vaccination era that it was not even mentioned in the statistics, but it started to climb in the 1950s with the spread of mass vaccination against diseases of childhood. --Harris L.Coulter, PhD.


    Answer by Autumn22 at 1:28 AM on Jan. 24, 2009

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  • pacys help

    Answer by angelairelan at 8:23 AM on Jan. 24, 2009

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  • I 2nd the fan. I read it drops the SIDS rate 75%. We don't use a paci but both my kids are thumbsuckers, which does the same thing IMO.

    Answer by KandiceN at 6:02 PM on Jun. 8, 2009

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  • I definitely recommend having your son sleep in a sleep sack.  Make sure that the sleep sack you choose is made of a natural fiber and not fleece or micro fleece because they can both cause overheating which is another potential SIDS risk.  Fleece is also a petrochemical derived fabric and can irritate and cause rashing.

    Merino is the best fabric for babies because it can cool baby when it's hot or warm when it's cool.  It's more expensive but definitely worth the investment.  You also will only have to buy one sleep sack, instead of buying one each time your baby outgrows the fleece ones.

    I also run a fan on a low setting to keep the air circulating around the room.

    Hope that helps!  I was in the same boat when DS was a newborn and wasted so much time worrying about what I should be doing before I discovered the perfect sleep sack and ran the fan.


    Answer by mynaturalbaby at 6:30 PM on Jul. 5, 2010

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  • Don't vaccinate! (Contact me if you have questions)
    "My suspicion, which is shared by others in my profession, is that the nearly 10,000 SIDS deaths that occur in the United States each year are related to one or more of the vaccines that are routinely given children. The pertussis vaccine is the most likely villain, but it could also be one or more of the others." --Dr. Mendelsohn, M.D.

    Answer by Autumn22 at 1:16 AM on Jan. 24, 2009

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