- by Dr Varsha Saxena Anexas Clinic
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- Feb 01 2018
WHAT IS SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME
Sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of a seemingly healthy baby who is less than a year old.
SIDS is a silent and rapid event that occurs in sleep. The infant generally seems to be healthy prior to the event, making it difficult to understand the symptoms.
There are many factors that could cause a baby to die due to SIDS. It is mostly a combination of biological and sleep environmental factors.
- Babies who sleep on a very soft surface with fluffy toys and blankets
- Babies who sleep on their stomach or on their side rather than their back
- Babies who become overheated while sleeping
- Mothers who smoke have a much higher chance of having babies that develop SIDS
- Babies exposed to passive smoking
- Premature babies or babies born with a low birth weight
- Babies born to mothers below 20 years of age with little or no prenatal care
- Babies with a family history of SIDS
- Babies born with brain defects or respiratory infections
If no other probable cause of death seems apparent, SIDS is a diagnosis of exclusion.
Researchers are still trying to find out the probable causes of SIDS and how to prevent it. There is no definitive way to prevent SIDS as of now but you can take some precautions to reduce the risk.
- Place your baby on his back when you put him to sleep.
- Use a firm mattress and keep any toys, fluffy blankets or stuffed animals away from the crib as they may interfere with breathing.
- Make sure the room is not overheated when the baby goes for sleep.
- Breastfeed your baby.
- Don’t have anyone smoke near the baby.
- Have your baby sleep in the same room as you but in a crib.
Taking these measures may or may not prevent SIDS but it is important to be cautious. If you have already lost a child to SIDS, it is important to get all the required support and care to cope up with the loss and at the same time educate other parents about it.
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