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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the leading cause of death for babies between the ages of one month and one year. A SIDS death occurs quickly and is almost always associated with sleep. Unfortunately, any baby can die from SIDS, although the risk greatly decreases after six months of age. SIDS is not preventable, but the risk can be greatly decreased by placing a baby on his/her back to sleep on a firm surface with no blankets or other objects in the crib. Make sure the baby does not overheat and keep your home smoke free.