Stunned by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?
What is SIDS?
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplained passing, normally during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. SIDS is sometimes called crib death as the babies frequently perish in their own cribs. Ocassionally radionic therapy is used to treat the resultant grief
Brain: A Cause of SIDS
Brain abnormalities increase potentiality of SIDS. In a number of afflicted infants, the part of the cortex that controls breathing and arousal from sleep fails to function correctly. For more research into its stealth mechanism,consult the American SIDS institute.
Low Weight: A Cause of SIDS
Is your child sleeping on the abdomen or side? Infants that rest on their tummies or sides may have more trouble breathing than those put on their backs. Be wary of soft surfaces. Lying face down on a downy comforter or a waterbed can obstruct an baby’s airway. Draping a blanket above a baby’s head also is high-risk. Check product review sites on the matter for an informed decision.
At times, the circumstances of the mother affects SIDS potentialities. Was she younger than 20 during childbearth? Does she smoke cigarettes? What about drugs and liquor?
WebMD Resources on SIDS
Can doctors make risk reduction recommendations on SIDS?
Researchers have collated the triggers and circumstances surrounding babies who have died of SIDS. As a result, MDs have identified key“trends” or “characteristics” of SIDS babies. Doctors can then state that certain babies may be more likely to die of SIDS and recommend risk reduction measures to mitigate the death toll
Are there any negative effects of placing babies on their backs to sleep?
No. However, it is important to place babies on their tummies during awake and/or play time to allow them to develop other muscles.
If I do not place my baby in a crib, is she/he still at risk for SIDS?
Yes, SIDS can happen anywhere, during a period of sleep. Babies placed in cribs are actually safer than if they are placed on other surfaces, such as an adult bed, a waterbed or a couch to sleep.
Is it fine if I or other siblings sleep with my baby?
The cot is the safest place for a baby to sleep. If you are concerned about checking on your baby or just want your baby to sleep close to you, it is best to place him/her in a crib next to your bed to keep the baby safe. Sleeping with a baby on a couch or a waterbed is especially dangerous.
SIDs Deaths in US/yr
Deaths per 100k
Death by Strangulation
Death by Suffocation
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SIDS Frequently Asked Questions