What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or commonly known as SIDS, it is the unexplained and sudden death of a baby under 1 year old, usually during sleep. The diagnosis of SIDS is still unexplained, and usually appears during sleep. It also seemingly happen to a healthy and active baby.
SIDS has no symptoms or any warning signs. Babies seem healthy and active before being put to bed, and then they die without any signs of struggles, and pain. They are often found in the same position where they sleep in bed.
The diagnosis of SIDS is made if the baby’s death remains unexplained even after a death scene investigation, an autopsy, and a review of the clinical history.
What parent should learn to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)?
1. Always put your baby to sleep on his back – never on his stomach or side.
2. Put your baby in a crib, next to your bed.
3. Put clean and comfortable mattress.
4. Never put anything in the crib except a tight-fitting mattress or sheet.
5. Use a pacifier at sleep time.
6. Try swaddling your child.
7. Breast feeding reduces the chance of having SIDS.
8. Keep the crib as bare as possible.
9. Do not put toys, pillows, and objects may it be soft or hard to the crib.
10. Dress your baby in a comfortable and easy access clothes. It makes them breathe easier and clearer.
11. Have your baby’s crib next to your bed, as near as possible.
12. Using baby monitors and commercial devices that claim to reduce the risks of SIDS is not recommended.
13. Offer a pacifier. It can help them calm and soothe themselves.
14. Follow your pediatrician at all times. They will never put your child in danger.
15. Immunize your baby.
16. Supervised tummy time. Give your baby plenty of tummy times in the morning and when they are active.
17. Always follow safe sleep recommendation.