With winter weather here, the government is reminding parents not to over-bundle their infants.

Furthermore, babies should always be laid to sleep on their backs.

Those are ways to prevent S.I.D.S. or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which kills nearly five thousand infants under age one every year.

Historically, S.I.D.S. has increased during the wintertime, partly due to over-bundling and over-heating babies with blankets.

Other tips for reducing the risk from S.I.D.S. include using a firm mattress for the baby, removing fluffy pillows or stuffed animals from the crib, and avoiding smoking around the baby.

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