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What is sids?

What is sids?

Sudden Infant Death: SIDS is sudden infant death syndrome, an unfortunate sudden death event occurring in one in 2,000 babies. The latest thinking is that an unforeseen brain stem abnormality keeps the baby from arousing when necessary to take in more oxygen. Other metabolic disorders MCAD deficiency and potentially long QT syndrome, a cardiac rhythm problem are also potential factors. ...Read more

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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 causes sids?

What causes sids?

True cause unknown: Although studied in detail for years, the true origin of sids is unknown. Population studies have shown factors that increase the risk: belly sleeping or side sleeping(they fall on their belly), multiple birth, smoker in home, poverty, etc. The "back to sleep " program that started in ~1992 has resulted in a 40% drop in sids in some populations in the us. ...Read more

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What exactly is sids?

See below: Sudden infant death syndrome is an unexplained sudden death of a baby usually in there sleep.As causes such as sleeping position and botulinus contaminated honey have been discovered, the number of deaths has decreased. Usually occurs under 12months of age. ...Read more

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Whays of proving sids?

Whays of proving sids?

Autopsy negative: This is negative "proof". A pathologist can look at brainstem sections under a microscope and find only microscopic evidence but that seems to be rarely done at a sids autopsy. Thus the diagnosis is usually simply by exclusion of other causes of death. ...Read more

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Symptoms preceding sids?

Unusual irritablity: There are no definite symptoms. Excessive irritability and "cold" (ur) symptoms have been reported but they are obviously non specific. The most important one is brief periods of apnea (no breathing) for about 10 seconds in sleep. The peak age is at 3 to 4 months so that would be more ominous at that age. Unfortunately there are often no symptoms at all. ...Read more

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Is sids a rare tragedy ?

Is sids a rare tragedy ?

Not rare yet: Incidence of sids (sudden infant death syndrome) has declined to 0.56 per 1000 live births, and this number lingers since year 2001 in us. ...Read more

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What is the cause of sids?

Unknown: SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is a term used when an infant dies without explanation, even after autopsy. However, sleeping on the stomach, not breastfeeeding, overheating, and exposure to drugs in utero are known risk factors. ...Read more

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Is sids caused by mattresses?

Is sids caused by mattresses?

Suffocation: Soft bedding can definitely increase babies risk for accidental suffocation. This could be wrongly classified as SIDS. A firm crib matress with a standard sheet is low risk. Those cribs you see at pottery barn with all the really soft fluffy items, including expensive plush crib bumpers are dangerous. A thin bumper is ok, a plush one is not! ...Read more

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Is sids common after 5 months?

No: The risk of SIDS drastically drops at this point and is virtually nonexistant at 6 months. The thinking is that deaths between 6 months and one year that are classified as SIDS are actually intentional or nonintentional suffocation. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about sids?

True cause unknown: Although studied in detail for years, the true origin of sids is unknown. Population studies have shown factors that increase the risk: belly sleeping or side sleeping(they fall on their belly), multiple birth, smoker in home, poverty, etc. The "back to sleep " program that started in ~1992 has resulted in a 40% drop in sids in some populations in the us. ...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