After the birth of your child, you need to study all the risk factors associated with diseases that might need attention when an infant is growing. Parents should be well aware of conditions that might be fatal for their child. Some illnesses don’t have clear symptoms that might alarm you to take action to make sure to keep an open eye towards them.
Until your child reaches the age of 1 you need to take prevention steps against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome also known as Cot death. Deaths related to SID’s are not that high but they do take up lives of infants to a large extent. Deaths due to this syndrome are without any suffering and mostly happen while a kid is sleeping. The reasons for death can be identified later but that leaves no window for prevention.
There might be undistinguished conditions that would have been prevailing in a child since birth that caused sudden death syndrome in the first place. Another suspected survey says that boys become the victim to SID rather than girls. Risk factors correlated with SID’s can be various including stomach sleeping. Researchers have calculated that the risk of SID is lesser in those children that sleep on their backs.
This is because sleeping on the stomach encloses the jaw of the child narrowing the air path causing breathing problems. Another theory related to this is that the kid might rebreathe his own exhaled air. This will increase carbon dioxide levels and reduce oxygen levels. You need to keep the toys and pillow away from the child so that the enclosure with an object is reduced. A lot of pediatrics asked parents to make their kids sleep on the back leading to a fall of 50 % in SID’s.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome can also be related to trauma or problems related to heart, lungs or the nervous system. The temperature of the room also plays an important role in the sleep patterns of the child. Keep the temperature normal and not too warm as you don’t want the child to go in a deep sleep.
Try not to overdress them which might lead to an increase in the metabolic rate disrupting the breathing cycle. SID is not a contagious disease nor is it genetic so parents don’t need to stress on this. They just need to know the precautions that need to be taken to reduce the chances of SID.
Avoid bumper pads on the crib because they can cause suffocation or strangulation. It is good to have your kid immunized by vaccines as this lowers the rate of this syndrome. Mothers, who are carrying a child they should not smoke, drink or do any kind of drugs as it affects the baby inside. It might cause problems in the baby’s developing nervous system increases the risk of sudden death. Breastfeeding helps to prevent early infections leading to healthier babies and less exposure to SID’s. Moreover, take your kid for regular checkups to your doctor to identify any health problems.