Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is when a baby less than a year-old dies unexpectedly without any form of explanation or cause. SIDS is also known as Crib Death or Court Death. Most SIDS are associated with irregularity in the portion of the infant’s brain that controls breathing and arousal from sleep (Floyd R. Livingston Jr., MD and Mary L. Gavin, 2020).
Approximately 2,300 babies in the United States die as a result of SIDS per year. Some babies may be at more risk than others. For instance, babies who are between 1-4 months old are at more risk of SIDS; it is usually common in boys than girls, and most deaths occur during fall, winter and early spring (Boston Children’s Hospital, 2020).
Several researchers and clinicians have determined some factors that puts at extra risk. Furthermore, there measures which have been identified by research on protecting children from SIDS. The following are measure followed (Floyd R. Livingston Jr., MD and Mary L. Gavin, 2020):
Early prenatal care
Share bedroom with baby without sharing bed
Use fitted sheet on baby’s mattress and no other bedding.
Use pacifier to put baby to sleep.
Breastfeed can reduce the risk of SIDS
No history or smoking history during pregnancy.
Boston Children’s Hospital. (2020). Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Symptoms & Causes | Boston Children’s Hospital. Retrieved March 2, 2020, from http://www.childrenshospital.org/conditions-and-treatments/conditions/s/sudden-infant-death-syndrome-sids/symptoms-and-causes
Floyd R. Livingston Jr., MD and Mary L. Gavin, M. (2020). Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) (for Parents) - Nemours KidsHealth. Retrieved March 2, 2020, from https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/sids.html