Sudden Infant Death

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Sudden infant death syndrome Crib death; SIDS Last reviewed: August 2, 2011. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexpected, sudden death of a child under age 1 in which an autopsy does not show an explainable cause of death. Causes, incidence, and risk factors The cause of SIDS is unknown. Many doctors and researchers now believe that SIDS is caused by several different factors, including: Problems with the baby's ability to wake up (sleep arousal) Inability for the baby's body to detect a build-up of carbon dioxide in the blood SIDS rates have dropped dramatically since 1992, when parents were first told to put babies to sleep on their backs or sides to reduce the likelihood of SIDS. Unfortunately, SIDS…show more content…
A baby that wakes up more easily may automatically move out of a dangerous position. If the baby is breastfeeding, it is best to wait until 1 month before offering a pacifier, so that it doesn’t interfere with breastfeeding. Do not force a baby to use a pacifier. Do not use breathing monitors or products marketed as ways to reduce SIDS. In the past, home apnea (breathing) monitors were recommended for families with a history of the condition. But research found that they had no effect, and the use of home monitors has largely stopped. Other recommendations from SIDS experts: Keep your baby in a smoke-free environment. Breastfeed your baby, if possible. Breastfeeding reduces some upper respiratory infections that may influence the development of SIDS. NEVER give honey to a child less than 1 year old. Honey in very young children may cause infant botulism, which may be associated with SIDS Rheumatic Heart Disease Rheumatic heart disease is a complication of rheumatic fever in which the heart valves are damaged. Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that begins with strep throat. It can affect connective tissue throughout the body, especially in the heart, joints, brain and skin. Although rheumatic fever can strike people of all ages, it is most common in children between 5 and 15 years old. The best way to prevent rheumatic fever is to treat strep
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