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For a preemie if it was 2 months old but 4 weeks early is the risk for sids go by their age from when they are born or their original due date?

For a preemie if it was 2 months old but 4 weeks early  is the risk for sids go by their age from when they are born or their original due date?

SIDS: Not related to age when born, cause is unknown although prematurity is a factor. There are many contributing risk factors like cold temp, apnea, low birth weight, drugs, smoking, illness, 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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My daughter is over 3 months but 4 weeks early so 10 weeks and im so afraid of sids but with preemies does sids go by their age or gestational age?

My daughter is over 3 months but 4 weeks early  so 10 weeks and im so afraid of sids but with preemies does sids go by their age or gestational age?

SIDS: No one has determined the cause of sids. Place baby on their back to sleep. No toys in the crib. No smokers in the house and be sure they have had time to digest their food before sleep. Yes it is so scary and unfortunately still happens. ...Read more

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I just switched my 3 month old daughter from breastmilk to formula due to lack of milk supply and complications , is she now at higher risk for sids?

Not necessary: Of the data we have about sids for review, the method of feeding plays a minor if any role in it's frequency.Your most protective actions that you can control are placing baby on his/her back to sleep and avoiding smokers. ...Read more

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If your child has low hemoglobin or low platelets, does she have a higher chance of sids?

If your child has low hemoglobin or low platelets, does she have a higher chance of sids?

By definition...: ...Sids is a sudden unexplained infant death, occurring without a diagnosis of another condition that could account for it. A child who has low hemoglobin or low platelets may have a condition that could lead to a sudden death, but then it would not be from sids. ...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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Is sids common after 5 months?

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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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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How to prevent sids?

How to prevent sids?

Back Sleeping: The major way is for your infant to sleep on their back. Altho not 100% preventative, it is the single best method. Secondly, do not cobed with your child.Even in the best of situations, tragedies have occured. ...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