Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

 

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a medical condition that causes unexplained and sudden death of infants aged one year and below. It is hard to detect and control since it strikes with no prior warning in perfectly healthy babies. Infants who die from the condition do not show any sign of prior suffering.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is currently causing the death of more infants more than any other condition in the world. In the U.S. alone, it is claiming lives of approximately 2,500 infants annually. This is because the condition is highly unpredictable despite its numerous years of existence and intensive research.

Some baby handling techniques can reduce significantly the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). They include placing the baby to sleep on their back rather than on their stomach. The condition is associated with sleeping and also called “Crib death”.

Most deaths from SIDS occur during the 2nd to 4th month with most cases reported in cold weathers. The condition affects more boys than girls with Native Americans and African-American infants falling more victims compared to Caucasian infants.

Other risk factors include; drug and substance abuse during pregnancy, underweight during birth, young mothers, excess sleepwear and sleeping on the stomach.