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Does Sucking on a pacifier at naptime and bedtime reduce the risk of SIDS? How so ?

Does Sucking on a pacifier at naptime and bedtime reduce the risk of SIDS? How so ?

Pacifiers: Pacifiers do reduce the risk of SIDS, although the mechanism is unclear. ...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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Other than a pacifier, sleeping on back, a fan, and not over clothing, what can I do to prevent sids? I constantly worry.

Other than a pacifier, sleeping on back, a fan, and not over clothing, what can I do to prevent sids? I constantly worry.

Dont worry: Easy to say...Difficult to do. If you are following the recommendations of "back to sleep" and the other measures you mention, all is well. Worrying just makes you a wreck. If there is no family history of sids and you don't smoke, odds are very very small sids will occur. I would have a discussion with you in the office over why you worry so we can help ally your anxiety. ...Read more

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Does sleep-sharing increase or reduce the risk of sids?

Does sleep-sharing increase or reduce the risk of sids?

Yes: A young baby sleeping face-up in a crib without fluffy blankets nor pillows around, without dangerous cords or strings nearby, will be safe there. His chances getting sids are low (998.5-999 out of 1000 babies won't have sids). Sleeping in a bed with an adult adds the risks of suffocation from blankets & pillows, from trapping the head at the mattress' edge, and from being squashed by the adult. ...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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Which babies are at risk for sids?

Which babies are at risk for sids?

Smoking, prone sleep: 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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How can I lessen the risk of sids?

How can I lessen the risk of sids?

Sleep on the back: It is safest to sleep your baby on his or her back. That is the best position as babies who sleep on their stomachs are at the highest risk of developing sids. Also, avoid exposure to second-hand smoke as this is also a risk factor. ...Read more

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

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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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?

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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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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Which babies die of sids?

Which babies die of sids?

Ubpredictable: There are known associations. 1. A male at or about 3 to 4 months. 2.Preventive position in the crib should be supine. 3. Commoner in bottle fed.4.Sometimes warning symptoms include irritability, a "simple cold", or occasional apnea (stopped breathing) for a few seconds during sleep. It is usually nocturnal and can be related to vitamin b1 and/or magnesium deficiency. ...Read more

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What is a "near-miss sids death"?

No one knows: There is a "pop" notion that infants who suddenly stop breathing ("apnea of infancy"; "apparent life-threatening event") have "almost died of sids". This generated much discussion but it turns out that these children are at no extra risk of actually dying than are other kids. Today, most folks don't use the term "near-miss sids". ...Read more

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Is smoking the main cause of sids?

Is smoking the main cause of sids?

Maternal Smoking sid: No it may not be the main cause but important cause of sids, it doubles the chance of having a sids infant other causes potulated are 1 lack of serotonin in the brain 2 sleeping on belly 3 over bundling 4 first six months of life 5loose bedding serotonin is crucial neurotransmitter in medula oblongata, part of the brain control the breathing and heart rate, BP ad temp, and it compromises the ability. ...Read more

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Can sids come back in the same family?

Can sids come back in the same family?

In some families: The medical literature has reported that an occasional familial risk has been noted. In one case i know of, a mother found that she and her husband were first cousins without their prior knowledge.First cousin marriages are at risk of both partners carrying the same recessive gene. I think that this is uncommon if not rare. ...Read more

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Do many babies die of sids after 4 months?

Do many babies die of sids after 4 months?

Sids: Most common age of side is between 2-4 months although its pretty rare. Hope this helps. ...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


Pacifier (Definition)

Pacifier use is associated with a significantly ...Read more