Morgan Jensen

What is SIDS?

SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It is the unexplained death in a seemingly healthy baby, mostly during their sleep. SIDS can also be known as crib death because they are usually sleeping in a crib when they die.
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Factors that put a baby at a higher risk

  • sleeping on their stomach
  • exposure to cigarette smoke
  • prenatal exposure to cigarette smoke, drugs, or alcohol
  • sex-boys are more likely
  • age-2nd and 3rd month are more likely
  • family history- babies with siblings or cousins who have died of SIDS are more likely
  • being premature
  • soft bedding
  • living in poverty
  • co-sleeping (sleeping in a bed with the parents)
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  • change in breathing
  • skin color will change
  • muscle tone
  • sometimes baby doesn't even cry

It is very hard to see early symptoms because there rarely are any. It is sudden.

Ways to prevent SIDS

  • put the baby to sleep on its back
  • put them on a firm surface to sleep
  • have the baby sleep in the same room as the parent but not the same bed
  • avoid soft bedding materials
  • make sure room temperature isn't too hot
  • offer the baby a pacifier when going to sleep
  • do not use breathing monitors or products marketed as ways to reduce SIDS

Statistics/Deaths that occur

  • SIDS is the leading cause of death in babies from one month to one year
  • more than 7,000 babies die of SIDS in America each year
  • 90% of SIDS deaths occur before a baby reaches 6 months
  • nearly one baby every hour everyday dies from SIDS
  • slightly more boys die of it than girls
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Who to Call?

If you think your baby has been affected by SIDS you need to call 911 immediately or go to the doctor ASAP.

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