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14 Ways to Protect Your Baby from SIDS

by Rachel Y. Moon, M.D. and Fern R. Hauck, M.D., M.S.

Is there anything more heartbreaking than the death of an infant? In this fact-filled guide, ideal for prospective parents and the parents and caregivers of very young children, doctors Rachel Y. Moon and Fern R. Hauck explain what we know about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other sleep-related deaths, and they discuss which infants are at greatest risk. Their practical book also describes how to reduce the risks and protect your baby. Perhaps as important, they dispel common myths about “crib death,” and they cite the most recent research on SIDS.

14 Ways to Protect Your Baby from SIDS lists what you need in your nursery, and what popular crib accessories create risks. There’s also a detailed “Checklist for a Safe Baby Sleep Environment.”

Dr. Moon is a pediatrician at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and a professor of pediatrics at George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her research focuses on SIDS and SIDS risk factors, especially in high-risk populations. She chairs the American Academic of Pediatrics Task Force on SIDS.

Dr. Hauck, who is a member of the AAP Task Force on SIDS, also conducts research on the risk factors and preventive factors for unexpected infant deaths. She is a family physician and professor of family medicine and public health sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

“Good quality educational literature. . .that is thorough yet concise and accessible can be hard to find, so it was quite gratifying to read this patient-friendly resource. . . .[S]olid information in an accessible and conversational style,” writes physician Bill Cayley in Family Medicine, a professional journal.

“The ‘Place your baby on his back for every sleep time’ chapter is particularly helpful, addressing both common parental misconceptions and giving helpful suggestions for discussing back sleeping with grandparents or other caregivers who may not appreciate its importance,” he continues, concluding, “I would highly recommend this resource, both as a concise reminder of safe-sleep best practics for the primary care clinician and a quality teaching tool for patients and prospective parents.”

This book is available as a paperback and as a downloadable PDF. Use the drop-down menu at right to indicate your preference.

Choose which downloadable format fits your wishes and printer:

  • Printed on both sides of the paper. When folded and stapled through the middle, it is shaped like a traditional 5½x8½ booklet.
  • Printed with two consecutive pages face up on one side of each sheet. Suitable for storage in a 3-ring binder or stapling in the corner.
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Useful for high school students and adults
32 pages
$9.95 downloadable

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Last updated June 11, 2014