There is substantial evidence from around the world to show that sleeping your baby on their back at the beginning of every sleep or nap (day and night) significantly reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Why is it not safe for babies to sleep on their stomach?
Most important: babies younger than 1 year old should be placed on their backs to sleep — never facedown on their stomachs or on their sides. Sleeping on the stomach or side increases the risk for SIDS.
When can you stop putting baby to sleep on back?
Between the ages of four and seven months, however, you may notice your infant beginning to roll over when placed to sleep on his back. Fortunately, SIDS risk decreases after six months of age. It is still important to continue to place your infant to sleep on his back.
Why it is important to sleep babies on their back and not on their tummy or side?
Key Points on why Back to Sleep is safest:
Always place baby on the back to sleep and not on the tummy or side. There is an increased risk of sudden unexpected death for babies when they sleep on their tummies and there is a danger of rolling to this position if they are slept on their sides.
How many SIDS died in 2019?
In 2019, there were about 1,250 deaths due to SIDS, about 1,180 deaths due to unknown causes, and about 960 deaths due to accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed.
What if baby throws up while sleeping on back?
Myth: Babies who sleep on their backs will choke if they spit up or vomit during sleep. Fact: Babies automatically cough up or swallow fluid that they spit up or vomit—it’s a reflex to keep the airway clear. Studies show no increase in the number of deaths from choking among babies who sleep on their backs.
Are there warning signs of SIDS?
SIDS has no symptoms or warning signs. Babies who die of SIDS seem healthy before being put to bed. They show no signs of struggle and are often found in the same position as when they were placed in the bed.
Can I let my baby sleep on his stomach if I watch him?
Yes, your baby should have plenty of Tummy Time when he or she is awake and when someone is watching. Supervised Tummy Time helps strengthen your baby’s neck and shoulder muscles, build motor skills, and prevent flat spots on the back of the head.
How long is SIDS a risk?
SIDS and Age: When is My Baby No Longer at Risk? Although the causes of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) are still largely unknown, doctors do know that the risk of SIDS appears to peak between 2 and 4 months. SIDS risk also decreases after 6 months, and it’s extremely rare after one year of age.
Why does my baby cry when lying flat?
When your little one cries and/or sometimes arches his back when he lies flat to sleep, it may be a sign that he has reflux. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), or reflux, is when stomach acid comes up into the baby’s throat. This condition can cause pain and burning and should be discussed with your pediatrician.