WHAT IS SIDS?
Dear parents, SIDS– which is also known as ‘cot death’ or ‘crib death’ is REAL and this is what you should know about it. It is the sudden and unexplained death of babies that are otherwise healthy with a large number of cases occurring in babies less than 6 months old. SIDS mostly occurs during sleep that is why precautions must be taken. There are different factors that are responsible for causing it. A few of them are as follows.
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old.
WHY DOES IT HAPPEN?
What many parents don’t understand is that co-sleeping is very dangerous for your baby especially newborns. It can lead to accidental suffocation.
- Overfilling the crib:
If your baby sleeps in his/her cot and is just a few months old, it is very important to make sure you don’t fill it up with unnecessary items. Even a small soft toy or a blanket can cause accidental suffocation.
- Tobacco smoke:
Most parents don’t realize the harmful effects of second hand smoking on their baby. There is no fool proof way to get around second hand smoking and the complications it can cause for your baby including SIDS.
- Baby falling asleep on your chest:
Parents especially moms already have so much on their plate once the baby is born. Many a times, the baby falls asleep on his/her mom or dad’s chest. Many parents would like to take advantage of such a situation and catch a quick ‘shut eye’ as well. However what they don’t realize is that, once your asleep you wouldn’t be able to tell if the baby has moved his/her head into your chest and cut off its oxygen supply leading to SIDS.
Just imagine bringing your little baby home, that tiny being is your entire universe. Your body is already screaming and crying from the exhaustion and all you want to do is sleep. Even a few minutes of undisturbed sleep will charge your physically and emotionally drained body. You have spent countless hours trying to calm and soothe your baby and then finally in that one glorious moment, the little babe decides to give in and actually calms down. After the regular ritual of feeding, burping and changing it’s diaper- it’s finally time to sleep. YAY. Make sure your baby sleeps safe & sound too.
Will the baby sleep in his/her cot, on your chest or in your bed? While making this decision please do keep these factors in mind and take all the necessary precautions.