5 Prevention Tips For SIDS
SIDS: 5 Things For Helping Avoid This Tradegy
SIDS (Sudden Infant Death syndrome) is a frightening word to parents of
newborns. There is so little concrete knowledge about it, as every case is
different. However, there are a number of things you can do to help reduce the
chances of this tragedy happening.
5 Ways You Can Reduce The Risks of This Tragedy
1. Prenatal Care
Good prenatal care is one of the first things you can do to help prevent
this tragedy. A low birth weight is often a contributory factor. So mothers who are
careful about their prenatal care and nutrition can have a healthier baby.
Avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol while pregnant also reduces the risk.
It has also been shown that having two babies in one year can raise the risk
for the second infant. And teen mothers have a higher risk of their infant
dying of this syndrome.
2. The Right Bedding
Having the right bedding for the crib is crucial for reducing the risk. Putting the baby to sleep on the back, and using a firm mattress with a
tight fitting sheet, is the first step.
Despite everyone loving those cute comforter and bumper pad sets, they are
best left out of the crib. The bumper pad reduces the amount of fresh air
circulating around the baby. Both sleeping on the stomach and the comforter
being too close to the face can cause the baby to rebreathe too much carbon
dioxide, which is a significant factor in this syndrome.
Use sleepers or baby sacks to help keep the baby warm on cold nights instead of
a blanket. However, if the infant is too warm, that can also increase the risk.
It is important to find the proper balance.
Some studies have shown that pacifiers help reduce the occurrence.
The pacifier helps keep the air passage open. It also helps keep things away
from the infant's mouth and nose. This can help prevent suffocation.
4. Second-Hand Smoke
Avoiding second-hand smoke also reduces. Studies by the
Surgeon General have shown that, "Infants who die from SIDS tend to have higher
concentration of nicotine in their lungs and higher levels of cotinine (a
biological marker for second-hand smoke exposure) than infants who die from
Breastfeeding has also been shown to help reduce the risk, although
some experts do not feel it is the breastfeeding itself that reduces the risk of
SIDS. However, there are fewer breastfed babies than formula babies who have
died of SIDS. Breastfed babies tend to have a lower rate of respiratory and
gastrointestinal infections, both of which can be contributory factors.
While there are no guarantees and no single definable cause, anything
you can do to reduce the risks is worth it. Most of the things are common sense
and good health habits. Take the time to make a few changes to prevent a
possible life of heartache.