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What is SIDS?
Prevention

Back To SleepWhile there is no product that can stop SIDS from happening there are some things, which studies have shown, to help reduce the risk of SIDS.

Since 1992, when the Back To Sleep advisory was first announced, the rate of SIDS has dropped more than 50%.

Following these guidelines may help reduce the risk of SIDS:

  • Place your baby on the back to sleep at night and naptime
  • Use a firm mattress in a safety-approved crib
  • Eliminate fluffy, loose bedding from your baby's sleep area
  • Keep your baby's face clear of coverings
  • Be careful not to overheat your baby
  • Breastfeed if possible
  • Don't allow anyone to smoke around your baby
  • Educate babysitters, day care providers, grandparents and anyone who cares for your baby about SIDS risks

For more information, please contact Kyra Oliver and the Hayes Foundation at 804.708.0033.


Following these guidelines may help reduce the risk of SIDS:

  • Place your baby on the back to sleep at night and naptime
  • Use a firm mattress in a safety-approved crib
  • Eliminate fluffy, loose bedding from your baby's sleep area
  • Keep your baby's face clear of coverings
  • Be careful not to overheat your baby
  • Breastfeed if possible
  • Don't allow anyone to smoke around your baby
  • Consider offering your baby a pacifier at naptime and bed time for the first year (but not for the first month for breastfed babies)
  • Do not allow your baby to sleep in an adult bed
  • Consider using a fan in the baby’s room for air circulation
  • Tell anyone that may keep your baby about This Side UP
Hayes Hitzeman Foundation Supporting Research and Awareness of SIDS