SIDS Advise from Dr. Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP

Dr. Rachel Y. Moon, MD, studies factors affecting sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related infant deaths, including accidental suffocation, asphyxia, and ill-defined deaths at the University of Virginia. Dr. Moon is an internationally recognized expert in SIDS and post-neonatal infant mortality and currently serves as Division Head of General Pediatrics at the University of Virginia.

2017-09-06T15:53:52+00:00March 14th, 2017|Tags: , , |4 Comments


  1. Desperate mommy March 16, 2017 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    I am going crazy trying to get to sleep with my 2 month old in the same room. She babbles and gurgles pretty much all the time in her sleep and every snuffle has me bolting out of bed to check on her. We are considering putting her in a separate room with a baby monitor. But I read somewhere that the chance of SIDS increases by 50% if a parent does not sleep in the same room as the baby. Why is that? Does anyone have any thoughts that may help?

    • Alan Keys March 16, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      I sympathise! We had the exact same problem and we put our daughter in her own room at 6 weeks. We bought a monitor that had a sensor breathing mat. Maybe that will help?

  2. Tonya81 March 16, 2017 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Movement and breathing monitor have worked great for us! We had to move our premie to another room at 12 weeks because of all the racket he made! It worked out great. He’s a healthy 2 year old now!

  3. Erin March 18, 2017 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Our baby monitor has a sensor too. For breathing and movement. It sets off an alarm if the baby’s breath slows down too much. One thing to remember is that the risk of SIDS, however small, is always there. The reccos, IMO, are there to guide. I have not read or heard of any definitive causal link between SIDS and the baby sleeping in a separate room. So, as long as you have eliminated all the other causal factors like smoking etc., I’d say, go for a separate room but with the appropriate monitor.

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