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SIDS Awareness Month


October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. SIDS remains a leading cause of death in healthy infants but with the Public Health Agency of Canada promotion, education and awareness, the rate of SIDS has declined in Canada. Follow these important steps to ensure your baby's sleep is a safe one.

  • Always place baby on back for naps and at night.

  • No smoking around baby.

  • Baby sleeps alone in crib.

  • Crib empty of toys and loose bedding.

  • Crib next to adult’s bed for first 6 months.

  • Firm crib mattress, tight-fitting sheet.

  • Crib meets Canadian safety regulations.

  • Baby's face uncovered.

  • Baby in light clothing, not too hot.

For more information and resources on SIDS prevention visit the Public Health Canada Safe Sleep website and the Government of Canada website:

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/dca-dea/stages-etapes/childhood-enfance_0-2/sids/index-eng.php

http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/healthy-living-vie-saine/sleep-sommeil/sids-smsn-eng.php

Sarah Dhillon

Pregnancy and Lactation Consultancy

​Sarah Dhillon Lactation Consultant