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Dr. Holly Maes
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Sids (Overview)

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


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What can I do to reduce my baby's risk of sid?

What can I do to reduce my baby's risk of sid?

The following:: 1. Sleep on back. 2. No cosleeping. 3. No pillow or blanket. 4. No smoking. 5. A well-ventilated room, with some air movement in the room (a small fan well away from the child). ...Read more

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Dr. Holly Maes
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Sids (Overview)

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


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My 3 mo old sleeps in her carseat bc she can't lie flat due to a cleft palate. When put on her back in crib, won't sleep. How does this affect sids?

My 3 mo old sleeps in her carseat bc she can't lie flat due to a cleft palate. When put on her back in crib, won't sleep. How does this affect sids?

Car seat fine: A semi- upright posture in the car seat can lead to airway problems in some frail infants or those with posterior tongue position(robin anomaly). For most, this position avoids the increased sids risk of prone sleeping and may be the best choice for some with a cleft.When the kid has improved mobility and or the kid has recovered from a cleft repair, crib based sleeping may be more realistic. ...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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Can somebody help me in finding the differential diagnosis of sids?

Can somebody help me in finding the differential diagnosis of sids?

SIDS: Sids is sort of a diagnosis of exclusion -- when no other cause of death is found at autopsy. Sometimes the infant has died because of suffocation when bed-sharing with an adult and sometimes it is found that the infant had an undiagnosed cardiac defect or had an infection. Sids is most common betweeen 2-4 mo of age, winter season, and the infant may have had symtoms of a mild respiratory illnes. ...Read more

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If im on androgel I have no sid effects senc 4 y es all my test there are fine do well I have aby kind of risk?

Suppression: Unusual that an individual was started on trt at the age of 44. There is no specific risk if your treatment was appropriately implemented, other than infertility (by way of "-" feedback inhibition, if you had normal spermatogenesis at age 44). Your follow-up test should include a hct and cholesterol: while trt should put you at your "usual" chol risk, erythrocytosis can make your blood "thicker". ...Read more

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How do I know if my baby might be at risk of sid?

How do I know if my baby might be at risk of sid?

All babies are : We don't know exactly what causes sids (sudden infant death syndrome), so we can't know for sure which babies may be safe from it. (if any.) we do know some things increase the risk of sids, like smoke exposure, sleeping on tummies or sides, too soft bedding, use of pillows, maternal smoking while pregnant, overheating, etc. ...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 is the hardest condition for peds to treat==sids?

What is the hardest condition for peds to treat==sids?

No treatment!: Not only is there no treatment to prevent sids, it is the most common cause of death in infants. We DO know risk factors are smoking, NOT breastfeeding, Warm room temperature, baby wearing a hat to sleep, and prone sleeping. So the least SIDS risk is the baby who is breastfed, put down to sleep on his back, in a 68 degree room, without a hat, in a nonsmoking environment. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for sids?

What is the treatment for sids?

SIDS rx?: There is no treatment for sids. Sids is sudden death syndrome, and by time it is diagnosed the infant is already dead. The controversy continues over how to prevent sids. Associated risk factors include: sleeping on the baby's stomach; sleeping in bed with a parent; parental smoking; sleeping with thick bedding; family history of sids. Some cases are now known to be due to child abuse. ...Read more

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How can I prevent sids?

How can I prevent sids?

Sleep position: Babies who sleep on their stomach or side have a higher risk of SIDS, therefore they should always sleep on their back. Pacifier use and background noise, such as a ceiling fan, have been shown to decrease the risk as well. Smokers in the home and overheating have been shown to increase the risk. ...Read more

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Can taking drugs while pregnant increase sids in an infant?

Can taking drugs while pregnant increase sids in an infant?

Yes!: Drug abuse during pregnancy does increase incidence of sids in infants, causes abstinence symptoms in newborn, and adversely affects cognitive development of offspring. ...Read more

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Is there a birth control pill that causes infertility? I was pregnant in 2009 and had my son september 2009. He passed away of sids at 3 months. Since then i was on birth control for a year and since then me and my husband have been trying to conceive. We

Is there a birth control pill that causes infertility? I was pregnant in 2009 and had my son september 2009. He passed away of sids at 3 months. Since then i was on birth control for a year and since then me and my husband have been trying to conceive. We

No: While birth control pills sometimes can delay your cycles and the return of fertility, it does not cause infertility. In some situations the pills may actually help you get pregnant just after you stop them. If you have been trying to get pregnant for a year or your cycles are regular, it is time to seek out help. ...Read more

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28 weeks preg, have serve right upper back pain for 3 weeks which spreads round to the front of my ribs, gets worse at night cant sleep on either sid?

28 weeks preg,  have serve right upper back pain for 3 weeks which spreads round to the front of my ribs, gets worse at night cant sleep on either sid?

Upper back pain: Upper back pain involves the thoracic vertebral bodies, the rib heads that attach to the spine, the tendons and ligaments that insert on/in the spine, and discs between the vertebrae. The tendons and ligaments become more lax during pregnancy in preparation for the baby going through the birth canal. Massage and ice may relieve the pain. See a spine specialist for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What is the scientific evidence of what causes sids?

What is the scientific evidence of what causes sids?

SIDS: Sids still remains largely a mystery. In recent years, some of the new findings include: some of it is genetic and runs in families; some of it is clearly due to parental intentional injury; some of it is accidental--either a parent lying on the infant while asleep, or by bedding; there was a large reduction in sids events when md groups campaigned to have babies lie on their back for sleep. ...Read more

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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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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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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