Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, is the sudden death of a child under 1 year old that can not be explained by any other cause. SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants between 1 month and 1 year of age.
The number of SIDS cases has decreased significantly since the 1990s, when pediatricians began advising parents to put infants to sleep on their backs, according to the Safe to Sleep campaign.
The cause of SIDS is unknown, but the risk is significantly reduced by putting infants to sleep on their backs and following other crib safety recommendations.
The following dos and don'ts of crib safety can help reduce the risk of SIDS: