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July 13, 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is SUID?
What is SIDS?
What are other sleep-related causes of infant death?
Why should I place my baby on his or her back to sleep?
What is the best way to reduce baby's risk for SIDS?
Will my baby get flat spots on the back of the head from sleeping on his or her back?
Are there times when my baby should be on his or her stomach?
Why shouldn't I use crib bumpers in my baby's sleep area?
What if my baby's grandparents or another caregiver wants to place my baby to sleep on his or her stomach for naptime?
If my baby rolls onto his or her stomach during sleep, do I need to put my baby in the back sleep position again?
I saw a product that said it could prevent SIDS and keep my baby in the right position during sleep. Can I use it to prevent SIDS?
Can I practice skin-to-skin care as soon as my baby is born?
What if my baby can't get used to sleeping on his or her back?
Is it okay if my baby sleeps on his or her side?
Can I swaddle my baby to reduce the risk of SIDS?
When I was a baby, I was put on my stomach to sleep. Was that wrong?
Will my baby choke if placed on the back to sleep?
What if I fall asleep while feeding my baby?
Common Myths about Infant Sleep and SUID/SIDS
Myth: Babies who sleep on their backs will choke if they spit up or vomit during sleep.
Myth: If parents sleep with their babies in the same bed, they will hear any problems and be able to prevent them from happening.
Myth: SIDS can be prevented.
Myth: Shots, vaccines, immunizations, and medicines cause SIDS.
Myth: SIDS can occur in babies at any age.
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