Sudden infant death


Bd de la Cluse 30
1205 Genève

Begoña Martinez de Tejada Weber
Begoña Martinez de Tejada Weber
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Sudden infant death refers to the sudden and unexpected death of a baby under one year of age while sleeping. To date, the causes are still unknown.

However the following recommendations significantly reduce the risk:

  • Put your baby to sleep in its bed on its back, in a sleeping bag (carry nest), on a firm mattress, without blanket or eiderdown, pillow or stuffed animals.
  • If a nest is used, make sure it is adapted to the baby’s bed; attach it to the bars and slide it under the mattress. If possible put the baby’s bed in your room.
  • Air the room every day. The temperature of the room should be between 18 and 20 °C.
  • When the weather is hot, do not overdress your baby. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of sudden infant death.
  • Avoid any smoke in the baby’s living space.


Last update : 11/04/2019