Research on Back Sleeping and SIDS

The single most effective action that parents and caregivers can take to lower a baby’s risk of SIDS is to place the baby to sleep on his or her back for naps and at night.

Compared with back sleeping, stomach sleeping carries between 1.7 and 12.9 times the risk of SIDS.1 The mechanisms by which stomach sleeping might lead to SIDS are not entirely known.

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