Facts to Know About SIDS

1.The risk group

Infants between two to four months are more susceptible to SIDS than infants who are older. Second hand smoke poor pre-natal care of the mother, the mother smoking during pregnancy and a birth before the mother was 20 is also other risk factors for babies dying of SIDS.

2.Premature babies also have a high risk of dying of SIDS

Not only premature babies, but babies with a very low birth weight can also die of SIDS.

3.SIDS is not a contagious disease

SIDS is not a disease and cannot be caught by a bacteria or a virus. Other illnesses and immunizations are also not responsible for a baby dying of SIDS.

4.Although one actual cause has not been established, there are a lot of theories about the possible causes of SIDS

One theory claims that babies with lower levels of serotonin in their brain stem can dies of SIDS. Babies falling asleep on their stomach and getting tangled up in their sheets are also other reasons. One more theory suggests that SIDS death can happen if there is an undetected defect in the baby’s heart.

5.SIDS is preventable

SIDS can be prevented and here are a few ways to do that. Always put your baby to sleep on his or her back and check now and then to make sure that the baby does not sleep on his or her stomach. Use a firm mattress and not pillows and other comforters. Too soft surfaces can cause your baby to roll over easily and press their noses against the surface that can cause them to stop breathing.

6.Do not bundle up your baby too much

Even if it is too cold, do not bundle up your baby too much. Do not put hats or swaddle the kid in woolly blankets. Try to maintain an optimum temperature in the room.

7.Good ventilation can also reduce the risk of a SIDS death

Always make sure that the room is well ventilated and expose your baby to natural air as much as possible. Recent studies prove that good ventilation can reduce risks.