| If you are concerned about your baby's sleep patterns, or the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (due to cessation of movement), please speak with your child's doctor.
To reduce the risk of this type of tragedy, experts recommend that you:
- Do not smoke during pregnancy (fathers too!)
- Avoid exposing baby to second-hand smoke (do not let anyone smoke in the same room as baby)
- Place baby on his/her back to sleep
- Use a firm mattress, covered by a sheet
- Baby should be lightly clothed and not overheated
- Consider a dummy at naptime and bedtime
- Keep soft objects including soft toys and loose bedding out of the cot
- Don't sleep with baby in bed with you. It is a good idea to keep the cot in the room where you are sleeping
- Avoid having baby spend excessive amounts of time in car seats and baby bouncers, which can apply pressure to the back of the head
- If your baby is unwell, seek medical advice promptly
- Keep baby's head uncovered - place your baby with feet to the foot of the cot, to prevent wriggling down under the covers
We recommend that all parents take an Infant First Aid Course that includes instruction on CPR and Rescue Breathing.
Your pediatrician or health care worker can refer you to a local Registered First Aid Provider.
For more information on SIDS and Infant Health Care issues, see: