Each year Sudden Infant Death Syndrome claims the
lives of 2,300 infants under age 1. While the causes of SIDS are
still unknown, the National Institutes of Health warn of a higher
risk of this silent killer during colder months.
Infants cannot regulate their body temperatures well and studies
have shown that overbundling infants may cause them to overheat,
increasing their risk of SIDS. Infants who are in danger of
overheating feel hot to the touch, according to an NIH alert.
"Parents and caregivers should dress infants in light
clothing for sleep and keep rooms at a temperature comfortable for
adults," says Dr. Alan E. Guttmacher, director of the NIH's Eunice
Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development. "The single most effective way to reduce the risk of
SIDS is always place infants to sleep on their backs, for naps and
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