SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is an insidious crib killer that continues to claim the lives of young children around the world. And the scariest thing about SIDS is that it still is amedical mystery. Sure we don’t know exactly what causes it. However, there are concrete actions we can take to ensure our beloved children don’t fall victim to this syndrome.
* Consult a doctor to help you come up with the most appropriate prenatal care program. Lack of proper prenatal care can result in baby’s low birth weight, an established risk factor for SIDS. So when you find out you’re expecting, seek the advice of a medical specialist at once. Doing so ensures that your yet unborn babywill get the suitable attention during this delicate stage in the womb.
* Rule out smoking from your life.Secondhand smoke has been identified as one of the risk factors for SIDS. This being the case, it is crucial that you ensure your child does get exposed to the harmful substances that are present in cigarette smoke. And this applies to the early developmental stages of your child. This starts from when baby is still in your womb, up to at least his or her first year.
* Make sure indoor air is clean and safe for baby. Ensure that regular checks and maintenance are conducted on your home’s HVAC system. This is to rule out any possibility of leaks of dangerous gaseous compounds which can be detrimental to human health. Also, doing so guarantees that molds won’t proliferate inside your home. Bear in mind that molds can cause bleeding on lungs of otherwise healthy adults. So just imagine the danger these microbes can pose to your very young and delicate baby.
* Strengthen baby’s immune system by breastfeeding. A mother’s breast milk contains antibodies that help boost the baby’s immunity to illnesses. So if you can, breastfeed your child from birth up to at least 6 months. If you can’t, you can always express your milk and store it in clean feeding bottles.
* Rule out exposure to bacterial infections. Some of the bodies of children who unfortunately died of SIDS have been found with unusually high levels of pathogens, specifically staph and E. coli. So perform all precautionary measures to make sure your baby doesn’t contract bacterial infections. Sterilize all of his or her personal effects, especially items that come in contact with the mouth such as feeding bottles and teethers.
* Avoid putting baby to the prone sleeping position. Letting your child lay on his or her stomach during sleep increases the risk of SIDS as well. While the mechanics is not that clear, it seems that the chances of blocking airway passage is higher with this position than when baby sleeps on his or her back.
* Assign a separate sleeping area for your baby. Co-sleeping arrangements, even with other young siblings, is not advised, as it increases the potential of blockage on baby’s airway passage too.
* Ensure articles of clothing and beddings won’t accidentally smother your baby. Dress baby in properly fitting clothes always to rule out the possibility of the excess fabric accidentally choking baby.Use the appropriate size beddings at all times too.
* Monitor the temperature in the nursery to ensure it’s within safety levels. It would be advisable to have a room thermometer set up in baby’s nursery. This is to ensure that baby sleeps only in the most favorable room temperature levels at all times.
* Consult a health provider to help you identify baby’s allergies. Colds that don’t go away with the usual recommended medications should be taken care of at once. Such can be allergies of the severe types which can cause your baby’s system to shut down.
SIDS has been found to happen more during the night. So you can lose all the precious rest and sleep, or you can seek the assistance of an ingenious device to help you watch over your baby during these crucial hours. This is called a baby movement monitor. And just like its name suggests, it’s a gadget which you set up in close proximity to baby to monitor his or her breathing movements. Whenever non-movement is detected, you’ll be alerted at once so that you can perform the necessary intervention to save your precious child’s life.