SIDS … which babies are most at risk?
Approximately 2,500 infants die suddenly from SIDS in the United States annually. It is a frightening prospect because it can strike without warning, usually in a seemingly healthy infant. SIDS most commonly affects babies who are younger than 1 year old between the ages of 2 to 4 months, with 90 percent of cases in infants under 6 months. SIDS occurs most frequently during cold-weather months. Which babies are most at risk? Can we reduce the risk of SIDS? Find out more…
SIDS, or a sudden and unexplained death of a baby younger than one year old, kills about 2,500 infants annually and is the leading cause of death in that age group, with 90 percent of cases in infants under 6 months and occurs most frequently during cold-weather months.
SIDS isn't any one illness or disease, it's the diagnosis given when an infant under a year old dies suddenly, strike without warning, usually in a seemingly healthy infant
Although SIDS is also known as crib death because it happens most often during sleep, usually between the hours of 10 p.m. and 10 a.m., however night isn't the only time that SIDS strikes. It's important to know that 20 percent of SIDS deaths happen in childcare settings (considerably high number if you consider that babies spend much less time sleeping at daycare than they do at home), according to a study published in the journal of Pediatrics in 2000.
What causes SIDS?
Although many research study have been executed, yet no definitive answer of the cause of SIDS are to be found.
Some researchers believe SIDS happens when a baby with an underlying abnormality (for example, a brain defect that affects breathing) sleeps tummy-down or is exposed to an environmental challenge such as secondhand smoke during a critical period of growth. While other research has published studies contradict to this hypothesis.
Numerous studies are continuing to study the brain, the autonomic nervous system, infant care and sleep environments, infection and immunity, and genetics in search of answers.
Which infants are most at risk?
Although the exact cause of SIDS is still unknown, some risk factors have been identified, such as:
Growing public awareness of SIDS and the steps to reduce infants' risk of sudden death hopefully will leave fewer parents searching for answers in the future for protecting their infants from SIDS tragedy.
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