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Although the risk factors for SIDS has caused controversial debate, there are a few that were told to me consistently when my son died. They are: babies who sleep on their stomach, soft bedding in crib, multiple births, prematurity, a sibling with SIDS (this is controversial), smoking - while pregnant and second hand- maternal drug and alcohol use, younger mothers, short time between pregnancies, late or little pre-natal care. How these factors impact the incident of SIDS is not defined yet. Keep in mind, they are still doing research on this horrible tragedy. There is no definite cause known yet. A doctor told me that they get the risk factors from surveys sent to mothers who lost their children to SIDS.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|