TARA PARKER-POPE. "Fan in Room Seems to Cut Infants' Risk Of Crib Death." New York Times (07 Oct. 2008): 16. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO.
When you place a fan in the room with an infant you will decrease the risk of SIDS by 72%. The fan will circulate the air and reduce the risks of re-breathing. Which is believed to be a major factor of SIDS.
Viskari-Lähdeoja, S., et al. "Heart rate and blood pressure control in infants exposed to maternal cigarette smoking." Acta Paediatrica 97.11 (Nov. 2008): 1535-1541. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO.
Exposure to maternal smoke is a major risk factor for SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome. There was a study performed on prenatal, and postnatal infants that supported this theory. The infants who were not exposed to maternal smoke had a consistent heart rate and blood pressure.
Hauck, Fern R., et al. "Infant Sleeping Arrangements and Practices During the First Year of Life." Pediatrics 122 (02 Oct. 2008): S113-S120. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO.
The sleeping position is very important for infants during their first year of life when they are more susceptible to SIDS. You can follow the ABC's, infants should be alone, on their back, in a crib. If you follow these three steps you can decrease the chance of SIDS.