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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) are both scary terms for parents. Both conditions are the leading causes of death in infants aged one month to one year. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can reduce the risk of injury or death. Keep reading to learn some simple steps you can take to keep your infant safe.
SIDS is defined as the sudden, unexplained death of an infant less than one year old. SIDS is sometimes known as crib death because it often occurs when an infant is sleeping in a crib. While the exact cause of SIDS is unknown, there are a number of factors that may contribute to the risk of SIDS, including:
SUDI is defined as the sudden and unexpected death of any infant or child less than one year of age. SUDI includes deaths from SIDS, as well as other causes, such as suffocation, entrapment, and infection.
SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants aged one month to one year, with a rate of about 0.26 deaths per 1,000 live births in the United States. Unfortunately, there are no warning signs for SIDS or SUDI. These conditions can happen to any infant, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.
There are a number of ways you can reduce the risk of SIDS and SUDI. The best measure of preventative care is to create a safe sleep environment for your infant. To ensure your baby's sleep environment is safe:
In addition to creating a safe sleep environment, here are a few other tips to consider:
Breastfeeding has been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS. Studies have shown that for a number of SIDS deaths, the baby has actually also had a "minor illness" in the days preceding death. Infants' immune systems are still developing, and breast milk aids in the production of immunoglobulins to fight infections including RSV, which can promote inflammation and cause SIDS.
Vaccinations can help protect your baby from a number of potentially deadly illnesses, such as pertussis and influenza.
Remove excess clothing or blankets if your baby seems warm.
Giving your baby a pacifier at nap time and bedtime can help reduce the risk of SIDS.
This can increase the risk of SIDS. SIDS and SUDI are both scary conditions for parents. Luckily, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the risks associated with SIDS and SUDI. By following the simple steps provided in this post, you can help keep your child safe while they sleep.