This October marks Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, a time dedicated to remembering all children who were lost during pregnancy or infancy.
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Did you know that one in every thirty-three babies is born with birth defects, which is the leading cause of infant deaths? Fetuses are negatively impacted when their mother’s drink alcohol or use drugs, as these substances will enter their bloodstream, disrupting development. Should the mother drink during her pregnancy, it is the most damaging during the first trimester. At this stage, the baby’s brain is still developing. The mother may not have serious issues after substance use, but the child will as they may experience developmental problems. The child will have to live the rest of their life with their own physical and/or mental problems. These children usually have lower IQs and smaller heads. It's important to raise awareness on this cause, as it is 100% preventable.
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.