How Much Do You Know About Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

1.    Which of the following is true about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)?

a.   It’s the leading cause of death for children between ages 1 month and 1 year

b.   Most SIDS deaths occur in older infants

c.   Most SIDS deaths occur in infants between ages 1 and 4 months

d.   A and C

2.      Which babies have an increased risk for SIDS?

a.   Babies who are placed to sleep on their stomachs or sides

b.   African-American babies

c.   American Indian and Alaska Native babies

d.   All the above

3.      How many U.S. children die of SIDS each year?

a.   3,500

b.   1,500

c.   750

d.   2,200

4.      Besides sleep position, what can cause SIDS?

a.   Infection

b.   Genetic cardiac disorders

c.   Inherited metabolic disorders

d.   All the above

5.      Which of the following can help prevent SIDS?

a.   Placing the baby on a soft surface, such as a pillow

b.   Keeping soft toys and bumper pads in the crib

c.   Covering the baby with quilts, blankets, or sheepskins

d.   None of the above

6.      Which of the following are symptoms of SIDS?

a.   Struggling

b.   Shortness of breath

c.   Coughing

d.   None of the above

7.      Which of the following raises the risk for SIDS?

a.   Having a mother who smokes during or after pregnancy

b.   Having a mother younger than age 20

c.   Having a mother with a short interval between pregnancies

d.   All the above

8.      Which of the following is true regarding SIDS and sharing a bed with a baby?

a.   It increases the risk

b.   It decreases the risk

c.   It does not affect the risk

d.   The risk has not been studied

9.      Having your baby sleep in the same room on a separate surface can:

a.   Increase the risk for SIDS

b.   Reduce the risk for SIDS by 50 percent

c.   Make it easier to feed, comfort, and monitor the baby

d.   B and C


1.      D—A AND C.

2.      D—ALL THE ABOVE.

3.      D—2,200.

4.      D—ALL THE ABOVE.

5.      D—NONE OF THE ABOVE. All these practices increase the risk for SIDS.

6.      D—NONE OF THE ABOVE. There are no symptoms.

7.      D—ALL THE ABOVE.


9.      D—B AND C.

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