How to Deal with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Infant Death SyndromeDealing with the death of a loved one is difficult to say the least, but dealing with the death of a baby is even worse. Sometimes the baby’s death is unexplained this is know as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It usually happens when the baby is sleeping at night, the reason why they passed away is unknown and parents are never given any sort of warning. Most of the time these deaths are known to happen between the ages of 2 months and 4 months of age, it rarely ever occurs at any other time in the child’s life. If you lose a child to this death you should talk to people like family and friends, to help you grieve.

Recent research has shown some ways to prevent this from happening because there are certain risk factors that everyone needs to know about. The most effective prevention method is to make sure the baby is asleep on their back. Because of this one prevention method the number of Sudden Infant Death Syndromes has went down but Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is still the leading cause of infant’s deaths across the world.

Researchers have eliminated some of the ideas that were thought to be the reason of these deaths. The reason they thought were from suffocation, vomiting or choking, birth defects, and infections. They were all valid theories but they don’t account for the deaths. Many experts think that it isn’t one specific thing that is killing our young, but instead multiple things. They think it might be from a triple-risk model. A triple risk model is when three different factors come together to cause the death, they believe the factors are vulnerability, critical development, and an outside stressor. With these factors combined it is possible to see how a infant child could die within the first 6 months of their lives.

Along with putting infants on their backs when they sleep other possible methods that may help would be to not smoke during your pregnancy or in the first year of the child’s birth. Make sure to have a firm bed for your child so nothing can interfere with their breathing, along with that don’t leave pillows or stuffed animals in the crib with your child. Never cover your baby’s head with a blanket and make sure the blanket they have in their crib is light.

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