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Sids (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. Although the cause of Sids is unknown, it appears that Sids may be associated with abnormalities in the portion of an infant’s brain that controls breathing and arousal from sleep.
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 treatment of Sids, only preventive measures may be taken. But there is no guarantee that these measures prevent Sids. Adopting the correct sleeping position, adequate prenatal care of mother, treating respiratory diseases and brain abnormalities may help prevent Sids