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Friday, June 10, 2011

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Many more children die of SIDS in a year than all who die of cancer, heart disease, pneumonia, child abuse, AIDS, cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy combined . . .

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a medical term that describes the sudden death of an infant which remains unexplained after all known and possible causes have been carefully ruled out through autopsy, death scene investigation, and review of the medical history. SIDS is responsible for more deaths than any other cause in childhood for babies one month to one year of age, claiming 150,000 victims in the United States in this generation alone - 7,000 babies each year -nearly one baby every hour of every day. It strikes families of all races, ethnic and socioeconomic origins without warning; neither parent nor physician can predict that something is going wrong. In fact, most SIDS victims appear healthy prior to death.

At this time there is no known way to prevent SIDS in all cases, but there are steps parents and caregivers can take to reduce the risk of sudden infant death:

Always,place babies on their back when sleeping.Tummy and side positions are NOT safe.

You shouldn't smoke while being pregnant and if you do smoke once your baby is born do Not expose them to second hand smoke.

Always check safety recall lists so your baby is resting in a safe crib,play pen or another bedding here

Use a pacifier at nap and nighttime for the first year.

Please help educate anyone you know who cares for a baby about these important safety tips...  If you have any tips that you would like to share please feel free to comment below.

(For more facts,risks and prevention about S.I.D.S please click here.) 

Thanks for reading,this topic is so important to know about.
Baby Kyle and all the other babies who are no longer with us due to S.I.D.S