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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Overview

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is a condition in which unexplained and sudden death of infant (younger than 1 year) takes place. The condition is considered as leading cause of death in children, who lies in the age group of 1 months and 1 year old.  In most of the cases, SIDS death occurs when babies are in between the age of 2-4 months. The condition is common in United States. As compared to girls, boys fall victim of SIDS


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Causes

The health experts are unable to predict the exact cause of the condition. Some factors that can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome are:

  • Poor parental care
  • Low birth weight or prematurity
  • Smoking, drug used in pregnancy, drinking, etc.
  • Stomach sleeping
  • Mothers younger than 20 years of age

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Signs & Symptoms
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Prevention

Some of the ways that help in preventing the condition are:

  • Make babies sleep at their back; avoid babies to sleep at their tummy.
  • Place babies on crib mattress, which is covered with fitted sheet
  • Never keep babies at too hot temperature
  • Keep loose bedding and soft objects and toys away from sleep area

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