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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?

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

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Where can I find info online on sids?

Several sites: http://sidsamerica.org/sids-help/sids-support-groups http://www.Dailystrength.Org/c/sudden-infant-death-syndrome-sids/support-group http://www.Sidscenter.Org/ best of luck!

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Are there any symptoms that predict sids?

Are there any symptoms that predict sids?

Sometimes.: Prematurity, observed apnea (stopped breathing), sleeping face down, cosleeping are all associated with sids. Long qt syndrome can be diagnosed by ecg, it usually runs in families, and can lead to sudden death. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of sids after 4 months?

What is the likelihood of sids after 4 months?

High until 12 months: Sudden infant death syndrome risk is very high from months 2-4 and tapers off until 12 months. It is best to practice safe sleeping habits. No pillows, stuffed animals or thick blankets in the crib with the baby. Always put your child to sleep on their back and never with a bottle. Do not allow your baby to sleep with other persons in the bed as there is a risk of rolling over and smothering. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: SIDS?

Sudden infant death: 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, no smoking, and vaccination ...Read more

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What happens in the body when a baby dies from sids?

Same as any cause: Once blood flow to tissues stop from any cause, the cells begin to break down.The pattern is the same with sids as it would be from any other cause, except the added features of an infection or other agent would not be present. It would be a pattern most like suffocation. ...Read more

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Dealing with sids death. I need advice or help please?

Group help: The first thing you must realize is that nothing you did caused this. It is not your fault. Please look at the link below so you can find people, moms and families that can help you http://sidsamerica.Org/sids-help/sids-support-groups my best wishes and prayers to you. ...Read more

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When can I feel confident my baby is not at risk for sids?

6 months: The risk of SIDS drastically decreases between four and six months. Now we do see deaths classified between six months and a year as SIDS, but the experts think these are truly more " accidental suffocation" deaths. ...Read more

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What is the chance of having consecutive children succumb to sids?

5- 6 folds incresed: Siblings of sids victims have a 5-to-6-fold increased risk of dying of sids. Twin siblings have a two-fold increased risk of sids. However, the risk that a second child will die as a result of sids remains <1% for most families. You could get more info from the links: http://www.Uptodate.Com/contents/sudden-infant-death-syndrome-sids-beyond-the-basics http://sids-network.Org/experts/subch1.H. ...Read more

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Keep reading most sids deaths are between 2 and 4 months . Is that when the baby is starting her 4th month or finishing?

Keep reading most sids deaths are between 2 and 4 months . Is that when the baby is starting her 4th month or finishing?

Doesn't matter: The early definition of sids placed the vulnerable period at birth to a year of age. Higher numbers are reported in early months but later events do occur.That said, it declines as babies are able begin to roll.Rolling over probably provides a protective effect.Parents should start babies on their back during infancy and not fret if they roll in the night. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Katz
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Sudden Infant Death (Definition)

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 ...Read more