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Understanding SIDS

Understanding SIDS

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is an unexplained death of a seemingly healthy baby less than 12 months old. It usually happens during sleep.

The mystery behind SIDS
SIDS is often referred to as ‘crib death’ because infants often die in their cribs. SIDS is a mysterious syndrome because the cause cannot be determined. However, some babies are more at risk of SIDS than others. It is more likely to affect a baby who is between 1 and 4 months old and is more common in boys than girls.

Possible causes of SIDS
The exact cause of SIDS is not known, but researchers believe that a combination of physical, sleep-environmental, and child-specific factors increases the vulnerability of babies to the condition.

Physical factors
Physical factors that may contribute to SIDS include:

Sleep environmental factors
The baby’s sleeping position, together with other factors, may lead to SIDS. They include:

Some child-specific factors that may increase a baby’s risk of SIDS
These include:

Ways parents can endanger their babies
Mothers could also increase the risk of SIDS if any of the following maternal risk factors are present:

Furthermore, if the father smokes, the baby can inhale secondary smoke, which may be harmful.

Precaution you can take to prevent SIDS
Although there is no particular way to guard against SIDS. The following sleeping tips may help keep your baby safe:

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