What You Should Know About SIDS And How To Prevent SIDS From Happening To Your Child
Sudden infant death syndrome or (SIDS) which it is commonly known as is the sudden and unexplained death of an otherwise perfectly healthy baby.
A diagnosis of SIDS is given when; a peacefully sleeping baby simply doesn’t wake up. In most cases, no cause is ever found. Most SIDS deaths occur in children who are between 2 months and 4 months old. For the first two months of a baby’s life, the baby doesn’t sleep long enough to reach a dangerous condition. After four months the baby is much larger and more animated during sleep. Sudden infant death syndrome rarely occurs before 1 month of age or after 6 months. However, there have been known cases of SIDS in babies as old as eleven months. It’s a good idea that during the first six months to always travel with a fan in or with the diaper bag, and never let down your guard.
Although the exact cause of sudden infant death syndrome is still unknown, researchers have discovered some factors that may put babies at risk. They’ve also identified simple measures you can take to help protect your child from sudden infant death syndrome.
Perhaps the single most important thing that you can do to protect your baby from SIDS is to place your baby to sleep on his or her back.
Baby Sleeps Safe helps parents follow two of the strongest safety measures that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends to guard against SIDS:
1) Babies should always sleep on their backs.
2.) No loose blankets, sheets or other objects should be in the crib
While nothing can prevent SIDS, using Baby Sleeps Safe is one of the best ways to keep your baby as secure as possible when sleeping.
In the United States, more SIDS cases are reported in the fall and winter than in spring or summer. SIDS occurs more often in boys than in girls (approximately a 60- to 40-percent male-to-female ratio). African-American and American-Indian infants are two to three times more likely to die from SIDS as other infants (AAP, 2000; NICHD, 2001). Several Government agencies are intensifying efforts to reach these populations with the latest information about SIDS.
Each year between 1983 and 1992, the average number of reported SIDS deaths ranged from 5,000 to 6,000. Over the past few years, especially since the mid 1990s, the number of SIDS deaths has declined significantly. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reported that in 2002 in the United States, 2,295 infants under 1 year of age died from SIDS (NCHS, 2004). Still, when considering the number of live births each year, SIDS remains the leading cause of death in the United States among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age and the third leading cause of death overall among infants less than 1 year of age (NCHS, 2004).
Although the overall SIDS rates have declined in all populations throughout the United States, disparities in SIDS rates and prevalence of risk factors remain in certain groups.
SIDS rates are highest among African Americans and American Indians