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OVERVIEW OF SIDS

OVERVIEW OF SIDS

SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is one of the most tragic events a parent could face. SIDS by definition is determined after a thorough autopsy finds nothing was medically wrong when a baby is found deceased in its sleep. While the occurrence of SIDS has declined significantly in the past decade due in part to education SIDS is undoubtedly one of the most feared and most upsetting forms of infant death for parents across the world.

Things that parents and expectant parents can do to help avoid the occurrence of SIDS include:

Always put your baby to sleep on their back. Research has found that babies who sleep on their sides or stomach have a greater chance of suffering. Some doctors believe that a baby sleeping on his stomach is unable to get a clear flow of oxygen which can in turn lead to suffocation. Another theory is that a baby who sleeps with his face against a mattress runs the risk of the mattress microbes interfering with their breathing.

If possible, have your baby sleep in your room for the first few weeks of their life. Being closer to you lets you keep a better eye on them throughout the night. However, it is understandable that this is a situation that does not work for all parents and affects their sleep too much. If you decide not to have your newborn in your room, it’s a good idea to invest in a good baby monitor and one which can detect their breathing.

Mothers are very intuitive and even when asleep will become aware of such breathing patterns. Parents should always go by their intuition even if you feel you’re most definitely wrong. Stories are heard all the time of parents using their intuition and taking their baby to a hospital and forcing further tests after being told by doctors that nothing is wrong…..only to be found that the parents were right all along and a problem was detected because of the parents using their intuition.

Expectant mothers should not smoke during pregnancy. Statistics show that mums who smoke even just one cigarette a day during pregnancy significantly increase the risk of their baby dying from SIDS. Research conducted at the University of Calgary found that babies who were exposed to the harmful effects of smoking in the womb had a greater chance of being born with impaired respiratory function. Smoking during pregnancy also increases the risk of pre-term birth.

Smoking should also be avoided by all family members in the house. Exposing your baby to smoke post partum increases the risk of sleep apnea. If you smoke in another room it is easy to assume that the risk is reduced, but this is not true. For up to two hours following the smoking of a cigarette the toxins are still present in furniture and on your clothing.

If you choose to bed share with your baby, the SIDS guidelines suggest that the baby should sleep on one side of the mother and not in the middle of the mother and the father.

If you are unsure whether you are following all of the SIDS guidelines correctly, head to their website https://rednose.com.au to do some reading or contact us at www.sleepystarz.com/sleep-consulting. We offer a range of affordable sleep consultation packages and can help you with safe sleeping practices.

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