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?
Potential risk babies are those who have been exposed to smoking, drinking or drug abuse during pregnancy, who have had a poor prenatal care or are premature babies with low birth weight. Mothers younger than 20 and exposure of babies to tobacco smoke following their birth also increases the chances of SIDS. Sleeping on the stomach is the most common identified cause of SIDS.
HOW IS SIDS TREATED?
There is no evident treatment for SIDS but only preventive measures. Avoid risks of suffocation in bed for the child. Keep the child close to you rather than a separate room till they are one year old. Check their sleep position and bedding.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are no tests or exams that can predict the death of infants.