When is SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) most likely to occur?

Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, is the leading cause of death in children between 1 month and 1 year of age. Within this age group, SIDS is most likely to occur in infants between 2 months and 4 months of age. The most important thing you can do to reduce the risk of SIDS is to make sure your baby sleeps on his or her back. Other things you can do to reduce the risk of SIDS is to make sure no one smokes around the baby and to try to breastfeed your baby. 
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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death in babies one month to one year of age. Most SIDS deaths occur when a baby is between two and four months and 90% of SIDS victims die before six months. The risk of SIDS diminishes after six months. The diagnosis of SIDS is not commonly used after one year of age. However, some babies older than one year do die suddenly and unexpectedly.

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