Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sudden infant death syndrome is the sudden death of an infant under one year of age that remains unexplained. SIDS, which is also commonly known as crib death, is the topic of todays 60 Second Housecall with Dr. Edward Hill.

Dr. Hill:

Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, is when a baby who seems healthy dies while sleeping. Its the number one cause of death in babies between one month and one year of age.

No one knows exactly what causes it. There might be a problem in the part of the brain that controls breathing and waking up. Doctors think SIDS happens when a baby with this problem falls asleep in a dangerous position or place.

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy are three times more likely to have a SIDS baby. Other risk factors include mothers who are less than 20 years old at the time of their first pregnancy, babies born to mothers who had no or late prenatal care, and premature or low birth weight babies.

Most deaths from SIDS happen between two and four months of age. Native American and black babies are about twice as likely as white babies to die from SIDS. It happens more often in boys, and its more common when the weather is cold.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.