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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?
Since it causes sudden death, the pediatrician can study the parent’s medical history to identify the cause of the death. Autopsy is also conducted followed by the study of the place of baby's death.
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.