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FACTS What is SIDS? Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), sometimes called “crib death,” is the sudden, unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant under one year of age that remains unexplained after the performance of a complete postmortem investigation, including an autopsy, an examination of the scene of death and a review of the medical history . Whom does SIDS affect? • SIDS occurs in all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic groups. • Most SIDS deaths occur when the infant is between 2 and 4 months old; 60 percent of victims are male, 40 percent are female. • Nearly 2,000 babies die of SIDS each year in the U.S. Approximately three babies die of SIDS per week in Canada. • A baby who normally sleeps on his back is up to 20 times more likely to die when placed on his stomach to sleep. • Most babies who die of SIDS appear to have been healthy prior to death. What about prevention? October is SIDS Awareness Month . Since the national “Back to Sleep” campaign  was launched in the early ’90s, SIDS rates have declined by more than 50 percent. Survive & thrive Place the baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and bedtime. Tummy time, important for strengthening upper body muscles, is encouraged during supervised awake times. • Provide a safe sleep environment, preferably in parents’ room but not in their bed, with a cooler room temperature of around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. • Use a safety-approved crib with a firm mattress and fitted sheet. Never put the baby to sleep on any soft surface like a sofa, chair, water bed, quilt or sheepskin. • Remove all soft bedding and toys from the baby’s sleep area, including loose blankets, pillows, bumpers and positioners. Instead of blankets, dress the baby in a sleep sack or sleep clothing. • Use a pacifier during naps and at night; it can reduce the baby’s risk of SIDS . • Never allow the baby to be around someone smoking or in a room where someone has recently smoked. Do not smoke during pregnancy. Click here to go to more references and help sites. Share this article with your friends. A baby who normally sleeps on his back is up to 20 times more likely to die when placed on his stomach to sleep. Click and connect to more resources instantly where you see this symbol:  SEPTEMBER 2009 GRAND 37
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GRAND Magazine - September 2009

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GRAND Magazine - September 2009
Contents
GRAND Central
2009 GRANDparent of the Year Award
Water Babies
“Mom, Meet My Doula”
Legacy
Ask GRAND
Cruel Sleep
Resources
GRAND Finale
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - intro
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GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Cover2
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GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Contents
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GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - GRAND Central
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GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - 2009 GRANDparent of the Year Award
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GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Water Babies
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GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - “Mom, Meet My Doula”
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GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - 31
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Legacy
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GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Ask GRAND
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - 35
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Cruel Sleep
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GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Resources
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - GRAND Finale
GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Cover3
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GRAND Magazine - September 2009 - Humana
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