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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

SIDS (also known as crib death) refers to the sudden and unexpected death of a healthy baby less than 1 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. Babies should sleep on their backs on a firm surface to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Have a specific question?

Region of Peel — Public Health
905-799-7700
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


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