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Sudden death is without any prior symptoms or sickness, crying or irritability in child that can act as a warning sign for the parents. The autopsy does not detect any possible cause of death in such cases. A medical term has been coined to explain this unfortunate condition- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, otherwise known as SIDS.
SIDS most often strikes babies in the age group of 2 to 6 months. It occurs late at night when everyone is possibly in deep slumber. The sudden death has no explainable cause. The cases of SIDS have sharply dropped over the past decade, but still thousands of parents worldwide take extreme precautions regarding the safety of child in this crucial period of one year.
Sleeping position is extremely important for your baby’s safety. The baby should be placed on his/her back to sleep always. This should be taught to the babysitter, grandparents, day-care providers or anyone else who is going to take care of the baby.
Also, never leave the baby’s face covered. Avoid loose, extremely soft or fluffy bedding for the crib. This factor must be kept in mind while purchasing a crib or mattresses for the baby’s bed. Purchase an approved crib from a reliable company.
As mentioned, smoking is harmful for the baby. Do not let anyone smoke near your baby. Also, do not overdress the baby with layers of clothing. This can overheat the baby and also cause difficulty in breathing. Always keep the baby’s bed at a distance from your bed. Sharing the same bed increases the risk of infant smothering.
One modern equipment, cardiorespiratoy monitoring for babies has been designed to detect SIDS can be used. The use is controversial as of now. These monitors raise an alarm if the baby’s heartbeat or breathing suddenly stops. The monitor monitors the vital stats of a baby, like the heartbeat, and blood oxygen saturation and also records it, so that it can be analysed by the doctor later on.