7 Tips To Reduce The Risk Of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

7 Tips To Reduce The Risk Of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Sudden infant death syndrome is not a condition which is considered well known. Not even among parents who can be considered veteran.

This is something which can be quite worrisome especially when your baby goes ahead and sleeps.

However, rest assured as this condition is quite rare. There are a lot of things you can do to prevent such conditions from happening.

Before getting to the tips, here’s what to know about sudden infant death syndrome, also known as the SIDS.

A little fact about this deadly medical condition

Sudden infant death syndrome is one of the leading causes for infants who are below 1 years old.

It’s a condition which can be understood as a sudden and unexpected death of a baby below a year old.

Even if there are several occasions in which SIDS can manifest itself as, the majority of cases are tied to sleep.

They just slept and never woke up again. Now that’s a scary prospect to think of. 

The actual reason behind it is still not fully understood however, scientists have made a significant leap towards understanding sudden infant death syndrome.

One of the theories concerns the underdeveloped respiratory centre in the child’s brain.

They just stop breathing. One fact which has been confirmed is it’s not related to choking, any form of respiratory illness or even vaccinations.

As the time progresses and we still can’t pinpoint a single cause of SIDS, this could mean there are multiple risk factors which could have increased the chances of developing such deadly conditions.

Preventing sudden infant death syndrome

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As the majority of cases tied SIDS with sleep, practising safe sleeping habits took the top of the list.

There are a few protective factors to prevent sudden infant death syndrome which have been identified throughout the years:

  1. Breastfeeding.
  2. Keeping your baby far from smokers.
  3. Comply to your paediatric appointment.
  4. Staying up-to-date to their immunisation schedule.

Most of the tips being disseminated among the top health websites all over the world concern with complying with safe sleep tips.

Here are some of them:

  1. Don’t let your baby sleep on their stomach. Put them on their back and let them sleep. If you are a working mom, remind your caregivers or nanny.  
  2. Make sure they are comfortable. Don’t overdress your baby in blankets or keep the room at a warm temperature just because you think they would like it. Use appropriate apparel to keep them warm and swaddle them properly.
  3. Don’t let your baby sleep on your adult mattress. Whenever they doze off, put them in a bassinet or a crib. If they were in a stroller, move them to a much safer environment.
  4. Don’t use any product which is marketed as “safe sleep” without further research. Most of them are not tested extensively and there is no evidence that suggests their effectiveness tied to the use of such products. 
  5. Use a fan instead while your baby is sleeping. It ensures a good air circulation. This can help in combating sudden infant death syndrome.
  6. Sleep with your baby in the same room but do not co-sleeping on the same bed. 
  7. Use a firm mattress and fit a simple sheet. Keep anything else out of your baby crib.

How common is sudden infant death syndrome? Should I be worried?

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According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate for SIDS has been declining since 1990.

During that particular year, there were 130.3 deaths per 100,000 live births. In 2017, the figure has reduced to 35.4 deaths per 100,000 live births.

Obviously, what has been suggested is working and if we seek to understand the condition furthermore, it could mean reduction of the number of deaths up to a single digit.

Generally, babies who are younger than 6 months old are predisposed to SIDS more than the older one.

As most of their systems mature, they are more effective at living.

So you must be vigilant during the first year of your infant. Don’t  let SIDS claim your child’s life. They deserve to live as much as you want them too.

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