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Reduce the Risk of SIDS with Safe Sleep Practices

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age, with most deaths occurring between 1 and 4 months.

Research shows that there are some effective ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant deaths.

Hospitals can play a particularly vital role in providing early SIDS training to the parents of newborns.

UPMC Chautauqua has partnered with Cribs for Kids® — a national infant safe sleep initiative — to teach safe sleep at the hospital and in the community.

Through the program, UPMC Chautauqua teaches parents and caregivers the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) safe sleep guidelines for infants.

Creating a Safe Sleep Environment for Baby

All caregivers — parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, babysitters, and childcare providers — should know how to help babies sleep safely.

Follow the AAP's guidelines to create a safe sleep environment and help lower the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of death.

Always put babies to sleep on their backs.

Keep the baby’s sleep area clear.

Dress the baby in light sleep clothing.

UPMC Chautauqua working toward the Cribs for Kids Gold Certified National Safe Sleep Champion — the highest level of certification. As safe sleep champions, the hospital is proactively working to reduce the number of sleep-related infant deaths in western Pa., which has one of the state’s highest SIDS rates.