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Oct 27, 2015 7:41 PM

NH1 News Changing Families: Reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

CONCORD - October is National SIDS/Safe Sleep Awareness month. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is one of the leading causes of death for infants one month to one year old. That holds true nationally and in New Hampshire.

Each year in America up to 3,400 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly - most from SIDS and other sleep related causes.
In New Hampshire eight to 14 babies die each year in an unsafe sleep setting.

While the exact cause of SIDS is unknown, there ways to reduce the risk. Here are some suggestions provided by New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services:
- Breastfeeding is known to reduce the risk of SIDS
- Always place babies on their backs to sleep
- Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib covered by a fitted sheet
- Your baby can share your room but NOT your bed
- A baby shouldn't sleep on a couch or on a chair, alone or with anyone else
- Keep soft objects out of the baby's sleep area, such as pillows, bumper pads, soft toys and loose bedding
- Don’t let baby get too hot during sleep
- Prevent an exposure to tobacco smoke during pregnancy and after birth

Two good resources to help people quit are and 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), where any New Hampshire resident can get free advice, counseling, support, and while supplies last, free patches.

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