The furthest thing from any parents’ mind on the birth of their new baby is the possibility that he or she might die. Although it is rare, sadly, more than 300 babies in England and Wales die unexpectedly in their sleep every year. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also known as “cot death”, is when a baby dies from an unexplained cause, usually aged between 30 days and one year.
We don’t yet know why an apparently healthy baby can die in its sleep. However, we do know that there are certain risk factors associated with SIDS, such as the room being too hot, someone smoking in or near the room, falling asleep with the baby on a sofa or an armchair, or sharing a bed with the baby, particularly if the parent has been drinking alcohol or has taken drugs. We also know that it’s more common if the mother is aged under 20, if the baby is premature, and if the baby is a boy.
Since babies spend much of their early life asleep, focusing on safe sleeping is paramount. Chief Medical Officer for NurtureFirst, Dr Fysh, advises the following:
Having suffered the tragic loss of a baby, parents are understandably concerned that this could happen to them again. However, there is no direct evidence to suggest that this will be the case. Lots of work is still being done researching SIDS and what causes it, some of that work suggests that it’s a combination of a part of the brain of the baby that isn’t fully developed combined with environmental factors. Dr Fysh explains: “There is some evidence that the coincidence of some very rare genetic abnormalities and the negative environmental factors may lead to SIDS, but this is still the subject of ongoing research.”
There are also many support groups available that provide a wealth of information and experiences of other parents who have been through a similar experience.
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