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Fact Sheet - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

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 Full Text [Fact #24]
  • Compared with unexposed infants, babies exposed to secondhand smoke after birth face twice the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and infants whose mothers smoked before and after birth face a three to four times greater risk.
 Full Text [Fact #62]
  • Binge drinking (5 or more drinks at a time) during a mother's first trimester of pregnancy is associated with an 8-fold increase in the odds that the infant will die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
 Full Text [Fact #63]
  • Any maternal alcohol use in the periconceptional period (i.e., during the three months before pregnancy or during the first trimester) is associated with a six-fold increase in the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
  • Studies show a link between smoking during pregnancy and the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
 Full Text [Fact #911]
  • Maternal cigarette smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by about 300%, independent of the birthweight of the baby. The risk increases with the number of cigarettes smoked per day.
  • Babies whose mothers smoke during their pregnancy are more likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) than those babies whose mothers did not smoke.


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