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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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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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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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At what age is my baby no longer at risk for sid?

At what age is my baby no longer at risk for sid?

12 months: This is by definition. In my forensic pathology practice, most "sids" cases that i see have occurred in an unsafe sleep environment. Historically, many have been missed homicides, and a pathologist will always want to rule out everything from having been fed raw honey (botulism) to being born without sweat glands to mutated ion channels in the heart. ...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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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

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


Pacifier (Definition)

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