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  • Sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) is the name for the sudden and unexpected death of a baby when there is no apparent cause of death.
  • To reduce your baby’s risk of SUDI, always put your baby to sleep on their back.
  • Make sure your baby’s face and head remains uncovered during sleep.
  • Do not expose your baby to tobacco smoke before or after birth.
  • Give your baby their own safe sleeping environment (safe cot, safe mattress, safe bedding). For the first 6 to 12 months of life, this should be located in the same room as you or an adult caregiver.
  • Breastfeed your baby if you can. Breastfeeding reduces your baby’s risk of SUDI by more than half.

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Reviewed on: 15-07-2021