I think every parent with a baby worries about SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. A majority of people who have lost their little one to SIDS say they went to check on their sleeping baby and found them dead. SIDS is most common in babies under the age of 1. There is no cure for it and medical professionals don’t know what causes it.
When I had both my kids this was something that freaked me out. The worst part is that there are no warning signs. Our Doctor did tell us some things we could do to help lower the risk and we followed his orders.
If you are pregnant get prenatal care from early on and stop drinking, smoking and doing drugs.
They think SIDS could be caused by the carbon dioxide that babies breath out. He said to place a small fan in our daughters room and to have it running 24/7. It helps keeps the air moving in the room, so carbon dioxide doesn’t sit around the babies bed.
He also informed us that cigarette smoke was a risk factor. He advised us not to have our daughter around people who smoked and if she was that they needed to change their clothes, shower, and exercise for 20 minutes to get the reside off of them. – Cigarette smoke not only is a risk for SIDS, but it can cause babies and children to have asthma/respiratory problems and chronic ear infections.
It is also said that babies who are breastfed have a lower risk for SIDS.
I am not a medical expert. I am only going based off what our Doctor told us. I wanted to share it with you all since I know not all medical professionals share this information. SIDS can be a scary thing and it takes the lives of 2,500 babies a year in the U.S. I know people who have lost babies to SIDS and it’s such a tragedy. If I can inform someone of these prevention tips then I will have accomplished my mission.
You can visit Sids.Org for more information.
If you have an infant do you follow any of the prevention tips above? Did your DR Inform you of them? Do you know someone who has lost a baby to SIDS?