Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
The sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS ) is defined as the sudden and unexpected death of an infant under one year who was apparently healthy. In addition, the autopsy does not show an explainable cause of death. According to data published by the Spanish Association of Pediatrics on 2000 in Spain, the syndrome of sudden infant death in our country affected one in every 1,000 babies. Reason enough to address this issue because of the impact it poses to the family and society.
As the sudden infant death syndrome is a major concern for parents, a lot of blogger moms and blogger dads have decided to talk about it. This is why we have set to work to offer you all the informat on and advice on this feared syndrome.
The sudden infant death syndrome can occur in any baby.However, studies show that the babies who are most affected are those who fall within an age range between the first and the fourth month, those babies who born with low weight, premature babies and more than 50% are males. It is true that by the momen has not been able to establish a specific cause that causes the sudden infant death syndrome. However, there is a list of risk factors that may increase the likelihood of suffering it.
Major risk factors that can cause sudden infant death syndrome are:
- Put the baby to sleep face down
- Exposed the baby from breathing cigarette smoke (in utero and after birth)
- Sleeping in the same bed as the parents
- Leave you baby sleeping on a soft surface or too much bedding
- Premature baby
- High temperature on the room where the baby is sleeping
- Babies who had a sibiling who suffered sudden infant death syndrome
- Babies who did not take breast milk
- Neglect by the mother during pregnancy and after birth (drugs , overweight, snuff , poor diet ... )
- Baby age between 1 and 4 months. From the fifth month, it is significantly reduced the risk of suffering sudden infant death syndrome
- Multiple birth
- Low birth weight
- Mothers who have been pregnant several times in too short periods of time
- The sex of the baby: Almost more than half of babies who suffered sudden infant death syndrome were male
Knowing some of the major risk factors, these are some of the main preventive measures to be taken once the baby is born.
Although we'd love to say otherwise, it should be noted that currently there is no device to prevent the occurrence of sudden infant death syndrome. For this reason it is recommended to ignore those baby monitors that promise us wonders. However, knowing the most important risk factors in what we can help is in the measurement of vital signs and the baby’s sleep, so we can act in case of alarm. For Liip the most important thing is to give parents peace of mind so they can enjoy their baby