SIDS

Thursday, October 14, 2010

SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants one month to one year old, and claims the lives of about 2,500 each year in the United States. It remains unpredictable despite years of research. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about SIDS in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, is the sudden death of a baby younger than one year. About 2,200 babies in the United States die each year from SIDS. It is the leading cause of death among healthy babies.

Babies who are put on their stomachs to sleep have the highest risk of SIDS. Putting your baby to sleep on his or her back is best. Babies are more likely to die from SIDS if they are around cigarette smoke or if they have parents who use illegal drugs. Not getting prenatal care and not breastfeeding can also increase the risk of SIDS.

To prevent SIDS, quit smoking before you get pregnant, and keep a smoke-free home after you have the baby. Always put your baby on his or her back when sleeping. Do not overwrap your baby and do not use heavy blankets; use light sheets and blankets instead. You should keep your baby in a bassinet or crib in your room until he or she is six months old.

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