Doctor insights on:
How To Prevent Infant Death
Back to Sleep:
We still don't know what causes sids, but we do know ways to reduce the risk of it. The most important thing you can do for your infant is put them on their back when they go to sleep.
For a full list of suggestions from the aap on how to reduce the risk of sids, see the link below.
http://www. Healthychildren. Org/english/ages-stages/baby/sleep/pages/preventing-sids. Aspx. ...Read more
Back to sleep: Number one measure is to place your baby on her back when sleeping always until she is at least 9 months. Other measures include keeping room temperature comfortably cool, not smoking and placing on a firm baby mattress bed without any side bumpers, pillows, heavy sheets or stuffed animals. ...Read more
Awareness is key!:
Things that are known to reduce to reduce the incidence of sids: 1) back to sleep position
2) use of ceiling fans,
3) avoid crowding crib with unnecessary toys, blankets, gadgets, etc.
4) avoid smothering by having infant sleep alone in crib, not in bed with parent/sibling
5) avoidance of passive smoking in household
6) use of pacifiers may help
7) train household members in cpr. ...Read more
Unexplained: Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, is the sudden death of an infant not predicted by medical history and remains unexplained despite full investigation. The highest risk is during sleep. No known cause. Risk may be lowered by putting the child to bed on his/her back, no loose bedding, avoiding exposure to tobacco smoke, sleeping away from caregiver on firm mattress and use of a pacifier. ...Read more
SIDS: Also known as sudden infant death syndrome. This is when an otherwise healthy baby is put down to rest or sleep and when the parent checks on them finds them unresponsive. One theory for this is reflux which can happen during sleep and the infant aspirates stomach contents into the lungs and suffocates. ...Read more
Social causes: I am not politically savvy, but compared with the rest of the developed world, the United States has far more people who are very poor and who lack access to, or willingness to use and do, the things that are required to keep a baby safe and healthy. This is the truth, though different people will offer widely different ideas about to help a situation for which there may be no easy solution. ...Read more
Varioius reasons: Sids can be very devastating to a family, as you can imagine. Unfortunately, it is more of a symptom and does not tell you much about the cause. Here is link for some information about it: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002533/. ...Read more
Unexplained death <1: Sids (also called crib death, cot death or sudden & unexplained death of infancy) is just that, unexplained. First described in egyptian hieroglyphs, this occurs randomly thru all races & cultures. It is seen is early as a few days of age& by research definition up to 1yr. It tends to cluster in the first 4m, occur more in babies sleeping on their belly, in premi's, in households with smokers. ...Read more
Unknown: Although researched for decades the actual cause eludes us. In theory something in the breathing center of babies brain may be vulnerable. At most we understand associations. Prematurity, poverty, smokers in household, multiple birth & the big one, sleeping on the belly, are all associated with higher risk. ...Read more
Unexplained death: Sids (also called crib death, cot death or sudden & unexplained death of infancy) is just that, unexplained. First described in egyptian hieroglyphs, this occurs randomly thru all races & cultures. It is seen is early as a few days of age& by research definition up to 1yr. It tends to cluster in the first 4m, occur more in babies sleeping on their belly, in premi's, in households with smokers. ...Read more
Yes. Back & No Smoke: The studies clearly show there are things that can be done to reduce the incidence of sids. There are 2 essential things to reduce your baby's risk of sids. Sleep them on their backs every time they sleep and do not smoke - not even if you go outside. The chemicals in smoke end up on your clothes and affect baby's breathing pattern. Also, sleeping in separate bed but in parent's room is safest! ...Read more
Negative autopsy: Sids is presenty defined as (usually) nocturnal death in an infant between two months (approx) to 1 year. The peak period is 3-4 months, commoner in males and it is unusual after about 6 months. The gross autopsy does not identify the cause but there are microscopic changes in the brainstem where automatic breathing and heart control mechanisms exist. ...Read more
CO2 retention: Although not accepted universally, the current theory regarding sids is the rebreathing of co2 which is normally exhaled with each breath by all humans. The idea is that sids is caused by the rebreathing of co2, in the prone position. Co2, which is a respiratory depressant, is rebreathed when infants inhale from a pocket of exhaled co2. This is why fans, and supine positioning is recommended. ...Read more
Unknown: The extended name is Sudden and Unexplained Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS for short. Research on the problem is difficult because the victims body breaks down quickly after death. Population studies point risk factors, like cigarette smoking in the house, prone sleeping, prematurity, etc. ...Read more
4500 in the USA: See: www. Cdc. Gov/sids/index. Htm.Get a more detailed answer ›
SIDS is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. SIDS is sometimes known as crib death because the infants often die in their cribs.
To prevent it babies should sleep on their back, no blankets, bumpers or pillow, no stuffed animals in cribs, avoid second hand-smoking, avoid co-sleeping in same bed as parents. ...Read more
POISON!!: We don't know the exact specifics of what happens, but the statistics clearly show much higher rates of sids in parents who smoke. If mom smoked while pregnant, the toxins likely affect baby's respiratory center in brain and make it less mature. After birth, the poisons and toxins in the smoke, which can stick to your clothes, may affect the "switch" to tell baby to breath or affect the heartbeat. ...Read more
YES: This is an ekg diagnosis and it means that there is an imbalance in the sympathetic (autonomic/automatic) innervation of the heart from the left stellate ganglion (the machnery that delivers control messages to the heart). This important info was published years ago. It may respond to vitamin therapy and a more appropriate diet. See a nutritionist doctor. ...Read more
Possibly QT: Sids is really just a term that means we really don't know what happened to your baby. It is indeed plausible that long qtc could be a cause, but it is certainly not the only one, because infants who have had ekg's for other reasons have gone on to die with "sids". Heart arrythmias are likely just one subset of things that may cause someone of any age to die suddenly. Be aware of family history. ...Read more
Some risks involved is the baby sleeping on their bellies, co-sleeping, not getting vaccinated, bumpers in the crib, etc. Here is a link from the AAP for further info
http://www. Aap. Org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Expands-Guidelines-for-Infant-Sleep-Safety-and-SIDS-Risk-Reduction. Aspx ...Read more
Can you tell me if throughout pregnancy, what has effect on the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome?
SIDS: SIDS happens after birth. As far as I know, there are no prenatal risk factors. Of course, you should take good care of yourself, and follow your ObGyn's instructions. After birth, follow the SIDS prevention instructions, and always put your baby on it's back, to sleep. http://www. Cdc. Gov/sids/ ...Read more
Yes: That can be related.Get a more detailed answer ›
SIDS: I would say this is an alte, or an apparent life threatening event vs. Surviving sids. It is reasonable to say if your brain was without oxygen for a significant amount of time than it is possible that later there could be a ld. It could be hard to prove on a case by case basis the exact cause of a ld. ...Read more