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?
Diagnosis of the cause of Sids is difficult as it happens in sleep. A combination of physical and sleep environmental factors are usually known to cause Sids. Pediatricians must look for brain abnormalities, low birth weight and respiratory infection in infants which may cause Sids. The location and position of the sleeping infant also matters in Sids.
HOW IS SIDS TREATED?
A Pediatric can help prevent Sids by changing the sleeping position, breastfeeding, using pacifiers and other such techniques.
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.