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Sids means sudden infant death syndrome. What causes it?

Sids means sudden infant death syndrome. What causes it?

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

Dr. Holly Maes
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Sids (Definition)

SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It defines as a group sudden death to newborns up to one year of age without an identifiable cause. If a cause of death can be identified, this cannot be defined as SIDS. Certain factors in the US are believed to contribute to a decreased rate Of SIDS, including sleeping on the back instead of the stomach, breast feeding, ...Read more


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What is sudden infant death syndrome sids?

What is sudden infant death syndrome sids?

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

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What is sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)?

What is sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)?

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

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What does sids (sudden infant death syndrome) have to do with smoking?

What does sids (sudden infant death syndrome) have to do with smoking?

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

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At what age is sudden infant death syndrome sids most likely?

At what age is sudden infant death syndrome sids most likely?

SIDS: The highest incidence is from 2 to 4 months of age and declines to virtually none after the first year of life. Remember always put the baby on its back to sleep. This also reduces the incidence. ...Read more

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Can the incidence of sudden infant death be reduced?

Can the incidence of sudden infant death be reduced?

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

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How can I prevent sudden infant death syndrome?

How can I prevent sudden infant death syndrome?

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

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What are the best ways to prevent sudden infant death syndrome?

What are the best ways to prevent sudden infant death syndrome?

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

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What is sudden infant death syndrome?what r its causes n symptoms .How to prevent it?

What is sudden infant death syndrome?what r its causes n symptoms .How to prevent it?

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

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Dr. Charles Breaux
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Toddler Health (Definition)

Toddler health encompasses all of the well child exams, immunizations, safety and preventitive health guidelines that doctors give to ...Read more


Dr. Scott Katz
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Sudden Infant Death (Definition)

SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is a condition in which a baby has died for no apparent reason, while sleeping, usually ...Read more