Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS is a medical condition wherein a baby though looks healthy can suddenly die during sleep. This is a very rare syndrome and the causes are unknown. Mostly premature and low birth weight babies have been prone to this. Also it has been noticed that smoking mothers or mothers delivering below the age of 20 or multiple pregnancy conditions can even cause SIDS. There are no signs and symptoms.
HOW IS SIDS DIAGNOSED?
Sids as a cause of death is determined only when all other causes have been excluded.
HOW IS SIDS TREATED?
Though there are no exact ways of preventing it but being careful about certain things might help. The baby should be put to sleep on the back position. For first 6 months, the baby should sleep on a cradle or crib. Pacifier given at nap or bedtime can also be effective in preventing this syndrome.
DID YOU KNOW?
Lack of awareness makes the condition more frightening. SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old, and claims the lives of about 2,500 each year in the United States. It remains unpredictable despite years of research.