Sudden Death . . . Keep It from Happening to Your Child
Are you afraid of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)? Of course you are; it happens to some newborns for various reasons that are useful for you to know about. However, you can help to avoid it if you take a few preventative measures.
Why Do Children Die Suddenly?
Reasons for SIDS
As its name indicates, SIDS is when a newborn dies without having suffered from any prior health issues. The good news is that the incidence of SIDS has begun to decline worldwide since the 1990s. However, unfortunately, the number of its young victims has remained the same for years. Keep the main causes in mind to protect your child.
- The most common cause for this is a respiratory infection that occurs because of a virus or bacteria, in addition to a fever or acid reflux.
- Pay close attention. Sleeping problems, like an incorrect position, could cause SIDS, as well.
- A recent French study by the Robert Debré Hospital and the Pasteur Institute concluded that SIDS may occur when nicotine from cigarettes is transmitted to the fetus through the blood. This causes their respiratory functions to lose their effectiveness after birth, which may stop their heart and breathing. Be careful about this during your pregnancy.
How Can You Protect Your Child from SIDS?
Don’t be too anxious. You can protect your child from SIDS as much as possible. However, you will need to take some necessary steps.
- Always be sure your child is sleeping on their back and, of course, buy them a sturdy mattress that is not too soft or too rough. It’s important that it fits the inside of the crib well. If your child’s head falls into the gap between the mattress and the edge of the crib, they could be suffocated.
- Never forget to adjust the temperature of their room to between 18°C and 19°C. Because you want your child to be warm while they sleep, you may expose them to suffocation by putting more than one cover on top of them. The solution is to choose warm pajamas.
- Don’t make the mistake of letting them sleep next to you. This could cause their suffocation and SIDS, as well.
- Air out their room for 20 minutes every day.