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Revised: August 28, 2014


Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

SIDS (also known as crib death) refers to the sudden and unexpected death of a healthy baby less than one year of age.

Doctors do not know the cause of SIDS but they do know that you can reduce the risk of SIDS by:

  • Laying your baby on her back to sleep and not on her stomach
  • Having a smoke-free home
  • Breastfeeding
  • Keeping your baby warm but not hot. No duvets or comforters, sheepskin, blankets, pillows under the baby, stuffed toys in crib, and no crib bumper pads

When your baby is awake and being watched, place your baby on his tummy during playtime. This is called "tummy time" and is necessary for your baby's development.

Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Paediatric Society recommend room-sharing with your baby until at least 6 months of age and that babies sleep on their backs on a firm surface to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome SIDS).

For more information:

Region of Peel — Public Health   
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Caledon residents call free of charge at 905-584-2216
To speak with a Public Health Nurse

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Health Canada

Preventing flat heads in babies who sleep on their backs
Canadian Paediatric Society

Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths
Provides risk reduction information, research, peer support and local activities across Canada.

Information on "Baby Blues" and Postpartum Mood Disorder
This website provides parents with education and community resources for Postpartum Mood Disorder.

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Revised: Thursday August 28 2014


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