There are few things that strike fear into the heart of a parent like sudden infant death syndrome. Learning how to protect your baby from SIDS is a must on every parent's to-do list, but it can still be terrifying to even think about it.
According to the Mayo Clinic, SIDS is the unexplained death of a relatively healthy baby younger than one year old and usually occurs while a baby is sleeping. Although the cause is unknown, it's believed that SIDS may correlate with abnormalities in the brain, affecting an infant's control of breathing and arousal from sleep. But, thanks to a lot of research, scientists have discovered some factors that could put your child at a higher risk of SIDS and how you can help protect them.
Of course, because nobody is really sure why SIDS happens, following these nine ways to protect your baby from SIDS doesn't guarantee a healthy child. But it can give you and your family some peace of mind knowing you are doing the best possible thing for your child. Your intuition is your best weapon against SIDS, but these nine forms of protection are pretty easy to implement and often include creating a safe environment for your baby. You might still creep into their room every night to check on their breathing, but that's OK. You'll be doing that way past the age of one.