BabyVites Blog Risk Factors for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
January 4, 2020
What is SIDS?
SIDS is short for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and is the leading cause of death in infants that are one month to one year old. SIDS falls under umbrella teen SUID- Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and divided into 2 categories SIDS and other true causes of death like suffocation, asphyxia, entrapment, infection, ingestion, metabolic diseases, arrhythmia, and sure trauma (non accidental and accidental.)
SIDS deaths are usually unexplainable, but they’re most often associated with sleep, and the parents don’t know anything is wrong until it’s too late. While there is no known “cure” for SIDS, there are some ways that parents can minimize the risks to ensure that your baby stays happy and healthy. Unfortunately, there may not be any obvious SIDS symptoms that can warn parents of the issue in advance. However, knowing the risk factors for SIDS can help parents be more aware and proactive throughout their child’s infancy stages.
SIDS Risk Factors
While SIDS is not preventable, there are many risk factors that you should know about to help you reduce the chances of SIDS.
- Babies should always sleep on their backs until their first birthday as sleeping on tummy can increase chances. Don’t allow your baby to sleep in your bed with you, in their car seat, in a swing, or any other area unless it is their crib, playpen, or bassinet so they can lay down on their back. Pacifier use can reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Use a tight-fitting sheet and make sure the baby’s mattress is firm. Keep items like pillows, stuffed animals, and other soft objects like bumper pads out of the crib.
- Do not smoke or drink while pregnant, and avoid breathing secondhand smoke whenever possible. Never smoke around your baby, and never smoke at all if you’re breastfeeding.
- Make sure you’re getting quality prenatal care so you can discuss any concerns with your doctor. They can also monitor your baby’s development and make sure there are no other signs of any health issues.
- Proper nutrition is important, and you can help this with a quality baby supplement.
- Make sure your baby is getting all of the recommended vaccinations and immunizations as recommended by your pediatrician. Studies have shown that babies who receive their vaccines on the proper recommended schedule have a 50 percent lower risk of SIDS.
Know the SIDS Risk Factors
Once you’re aware of the SIDS risk factors, you can be more proactive in ensuring that your baby is safe throughout the night. Communicate with any caregivers and emphasize that your baby must sleep on his or her back so they know the proper position. Never smoke while pregnant or breastfeeding, and keep soft items out of the crib so your baby has room to breathe and move. Co-sleeping is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) but not in the same bed. Invest in a co-sleeper for safe co-sleeping.
These simple practices will help you reduce the risk of SIDS from happening to you and your family.