Having a baby is one of the greatest feats a mother will ever go through. But parenthood can come hand in hand with sweetness and harsh realities. Babies, specially newborns, are fragile and are prone to get ill quicker. And every so often, they can suffer from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, a condition that has no real cause and no way to entirely prevent it. Because of this, SIDS can lead to be one of the most confusing condition any parent can go through. It can make you feel helpless and vulnerable with a lot of unanswered questions as to why and how this can affect you. So, if you want to learn more about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and how to reduce risks keep on reading.
What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
SIDS is the unexplained death of an infant, usually when they’re asleep. No one is entirely sure why it occurs or if there’s an answer to help prevent it. Even through it’s a unknown syndrome, there are few known risks factors associated with it.
What is SIDS Linked To?
SIDS is linked to children who are born with brain defects, low birth weight, and respiratory problems. It’s also closely related to babies whose brains can’t control breathing and sleeping patterns. Because of this a baby can easily fall asleep and not have the ability to wake up while oxygen levels drop.
SIDS is also linked to parents who expose their children to cigarettes and secondhand smoke. Children who have been exposed to smoke can be affected three times more often than those in non-smoking homes.
What Steps Can I Take To Reduce Risks?
There isn’t a foolproof way to prevent SIDS. And that’s what makes this condition that much more frightening. Though there are several steps you can follow to decrease the risks.
Babies are at a higher risk if they sleep on their side or stomach. It is always crucial to lay a baby on their back and to closely monitor them to prevent smothering. Always make sure that anyone who is babysitting understands that babies should always be laid to sleep on their back. It’s crucial that babies sleep in a firm bed away from loose blankets, comforters, pillows and stuffed animals.
If you’re breastfeeding don’t stop! Breastfeeding is linked to lower the risks of SIDS by 50%. Though this can help, you have to make sure to avoid alcohol when breastfeeding as this can increase the risks of SIDS.