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What are that statistics for SIDS?


SIDS is the number one cause of infant death for children 1 month to 1 year old. 5,000 to 6,000 deaths each year in infants are SIDS deaths. The most occurences of SIDS deaths are between 2 and 4 months of age. 90% occur by 6 months of age. There are increased deaths in the winter months, peaking in January. Male infants are affected more than females.

How is SIDS prevented?


Since so little is known about SIDS, there are no black and while rules of prevention. There are, however, suggestions. These are putting baby on back to sleep, using a firm mattress, not letting your baby become too hot, keep baby in a smoke-free environment, do not lay baby on pillows, bean bags, etc., and seek early and regular prenatal care.

What are the risks of SIDS?


Although the risk factors for SIDS has caused controversial debate, there are a few that were told to me consistently when my son died. They are: babies who sleep on their stomach, soft bedding in crib, multiple births, prematurity, a sibling with SIDS (this is controversial), smoking - while pregnant and second hand- maternal drug and alcohol use, younger mothers, short time between pregnancies, late or little pre-natal care. How these factors impact the incident of SIDS is not defined yet. Keep in mind, they are still doing research on this horrible tragedy. There is no definite cause known yet. A doctor told me that they get the risk factors from surveys sent to mothers who lost their children to SIDS.

What is Sudden Infant Death Sydnrome?

What is SIDS?

Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of infants while they are asleep. SIDS is also known as crib death, but from my own personal experience, We know it does not only occur in cribs. The cause of SIDS has created great debate for years by medical researchers and physicians.

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