Get Caregivers on Board
Tragically, 20 percent of SIDS deaths occur in day care or when a baby is being watched by someone other than his parents. That's why it's crucial that his caregivers take safe-sleep measures. In fact, a baby who usually sleeps on his back and is suddenly put on his abdomen is at an even higher risk of SIDS, Dr. Keenan says. "These 'unaccustomed tummy sleepers' simply can't handle the higher level of carbon dioxide they're exposed to in this position," he explains. Make sure that anyone who cares for your baby, even just once, follows the rules.