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Lower risk of SIDS


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Infants who slept in a bedroom with a fan ventilating the air had a dramatically 72 percent lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) compared to infants who slept in a bedroom without a fan, according to a new study published in October 6 issue of Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine. SIDS is the third leading cause of death among infants aged between a week and a year, killing up to 2,500 infants annually in the United States and thousands worldwide.

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Lower risk of SIDS

  1. 2. SIDS is the leading cause of 2,500 infants death aged 1 month to 1 year old annually, and the third leading cause of overall infant mortality in the United States, and deaths tend to peak in winter months. SIDS isn't any one illness or disease, it is frightening because it can strike without warning, usually in a seemingly healthy infant.
  2. 3. <ul><li>Avoid tummy sleeping. A baby's risk of SIDS </li></ul><ul><li>has been found to be 1.7 </li></ul><ul><li>to 12.9 percent higher if </li></ul><ul><li>he sleeps on his tummy </li></ul><ul><li>instead of his back </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Avoid soft bedding: pillow, </li></ul><ul><li>waterbed, sheepskin, or other soft </li></ul><ul><li>surface in cribs. Place your baby on a firm mattress </li></ul><ul><li>to sleep. To prevent “re-breathing”, </li></ul><ul><li>do not put blankets, comforters, </li></ul><ul><li>stuffed toys, or pillows near the baby </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Pacifiers also seem to protect babies, </li></ul><ul><li>the researchers said, perhaps because </li></ul><ul><li>the handles prevent a child’s face from </li></ul><ul><li>becoming pressed against the </li></ul><ul><li>mattress. </li></ul>A research study in 2005 found the use of a pacifier cut the risk of SIDS by 90%.
  5. 6. <ul><li>Overheating may significantly raise </li></ul><ul><li>the risk of SIDS. Overheating can result from </li></ul><ul><li>overheated room, wrapping or </li></ul><ul><li>covering a baby with too many </li></ul><ul><li>blankets, particularly when baby has </li></ul><ul><li>a fever or respiratory infection. Keep the room at a temperature that </li></ul><ul><li>feels comfortable for an adult in a </li></ul><ul><li>short-sleeve shirt. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>The use of fans and sleeping in a room </li></ul><ul><li>with an open window was also found to </li></ul><ul><li>lower the risk by more than 70% </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Do not smoke, drink, or use drugs while </li></ul><ul><li>pregnant. Infants of mothers who smoked </li></ul><ul><li>during pregnancy are three times more likely </li></ul><ul><li>to die of SIDS than those whose mothers were </li></ul><ul><li>smoke-free; exposure to secondhand smoke </li></ul><ul><li>doubles a baby's risk of SIDS. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not expose your baby to secondhand </li></ul><ul><li>smoke. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Receive early and regular </li></ul><ul><li>prenatal care. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your baby has </li></ul><ul><li>regular well-baby checkups. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Breastfeed, if possible. There is </li></ul><ul><li>some evidence that breastfeeding </li></ul><ul><li>may help decrease the incidence of </li></ul><ul><li>SIDS. </li></ul>Growing public awareness of SIDS and the steps to reduce infants' risk of sudden death hopefully will leave fewer parents searching for answers in the future for protecting their infants from SIDS tragedy.