SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old. Did you know that about SIDS take about 2,200 lives each year? During this month, take time to acknowledge the families that have been affected by SIDS, stillbirth, and sudden unexpected infant death (SUID). First Candle focuses on continuing our mission to provide education, research, advocacy, and training to ensure every baby survives and thrives to his / her first birthday and beyond.
What is SIDS?
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome also know as SIDS is the sudden, unexpected death of an apparently healthy baby under one year of age that still is unexplainable. About 60 percent most SIDS victims are male; 40 percent are female.
There is no known cause for SIDS at the moment.
These are potential risk factors that may lead to SIDS:
• Smoking, drinking, or drug use during pregnancy
• Poor prenatal care
• Stomach sleeping
• Prematurity or low birth weight
• Overheating from excessive sleepwear and bedding
• Mothers younger than 20
• Putting your child to sleep on their stomach or side leaves them at a higher risk of SIDs; these positions put your child’s face in the mattress or sleeping, which can smother him or her. Best way to prevent this is to put the sleeping baby on their back.
• If you are pregnant or have children it is advised not to smoke or expose your child or children to second-hand smoking. Babies who are born to women who smoked during their pregnancy die from SIDS three times more often than babies born to nonsmokers.
• Do not place babies on soft surfaces such as adults, but on a firm mattress to prevent suffocation or smothering. Also do not put blankets, quilts, pillows or stuffed toys for these items can also lead to smothering or suffocation.
• Many researchers are not sure why, but having your child sleep with a pacifier at night or for a nap helps to prevent SIDS.
90 percent of all SIDS deaths occur before 6 months of age. Continue to educate and bring awareness to yourself as well as others about SIDS, no family should have to go through the pain of losing a loved one.