For reducing SIDS, the best approach is a combination of knowledge and precaution.
It is important to know what SIDS is, along with what are it's causes and finally, how to go about reducing SIDS risk.
SIDS statistics present an alarming picture, with more than 4500 infants dying in the United States every year, without an identifiable cause, pointing towards an urgent need for SIDS awareness. Even though the history of SIDS shows a drop in the figures, these SIDS stats are still quite worrisome.
So, what is SIDS?
The term is defined as a sudden, unexpected death of an infant less than 1 year of age, without any medically explainable cause.
The danger of SIDS looms large on all infants, but there are some babies and newborns that are especially vulnerable.
A few of these SIDS risk factors include:
SIDS and Sleep Related Patterns
Here, we give you detailed information on SIDS that will address issues like whether pillow use and SIDS are correlated or, whether SIDS in infants is caused due to the wrong choice of mattresses, blankets etc...
1. To prevent SIDS, babies faces should always be left uncovered. Avoid the use of any pillows or soft toys in the cot.
2. Avoid over-heating your baby when he/she is sleeping. Maintaining the right temperature around your baby can considerably help in prevention of SIDS.
3. It is important that you use SIDS approved baby products, such as SIDS mattresses. Also, with the right use of accessories like a proper baby blanket, SIDS risk factor can be minimized.
4. As far as possible, allow your baby to sleep on his/her back, to reduce risk of SIDS, especially when the baby is sleeping alone.
5. If possible, try to have your baby sleep in his/her own cot or bed next to your bed for at least the first year of life. In fact, many SIDS stories talk of infant deaths that happen when newborns sleep in between the parents and are accidentally suffocated.
6. Kangaroo mother care is recommended. Safe co-sleeping guidelines to follow.
7. Avoid having alcohol, especially if you are co-sleeping. In fact, SIDS associations and SIDS books that talk about the baby and SIDS, warn against any kind of intoxication if you are sleeping next to the infant, as you could easily rollover and suffocate your baby.
8. Be extra careful between 2-4 months of age. That’s when most of the infant deaths that are SIDS related usually happen.
9. Use a baby SIDS monitor, one that monitors a baby’s breath and lets you know if the baby has not been breathing for a particular gap of time.
10. Last but not least, breastfeeding your baby can reduce SIDS risk dramatically. Read more advantages of breastfeeding here.
By Jasmin Panuu
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