Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden unexplained death of an infant younger than age one. The most recent recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics offer the following guidelines to parents to help prevent SIDS:
You should also never smoke during pregnancy or around your newborn. New parents are encouraged to share these recommendations with other child-care providers, such as grandparents and babysitters. Talk with your doctor for more information about SIDS.
Free souvenir for newborns. Babies born at the O’Shaughnessy Family Birthing Center leave with special onesies from the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board through a grant from the March of Dimes. The front says “This Side Up” as a reminder to parents to always lay infants on their backs. For a free tour of the birthing center, call 540-316-5000.