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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

The term sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) refers to the sudden death of a baby who is less than 1 year old.  Authorities always conduct a formal investigation when a child dies, including a complete autopsy and medical records review.  This helps rule out other possible factors, such as abuse, accidents, or undiagnosed health issues.  Once completed, if the investigation concludes that the death is unexplained, authorities list SIDS as the cause.

Is My Baby at Risk?

SIDS is the leading cause of death for babies between the ages of one month to one year, but the majority of deaths from SIDS occur in infants between the ages of 2 to 4 months of age.  SIDS occurs across all socio-economic lines and in all races, although some races and ethnicities seem more prone to it.  Also known as crib death, the exact cause of SIDS continues to elude researchers.  Researchers and pediatricians believe that a deadly combination of several risk factors cause certain at-risk babies to die in this manner.  Some of the characteristics of at-risk infants include:

Male and African American or Native American
Mother used recreational drugs, smoked, or consumed alcohol during pregnancy
Premature birth
Low birth weight
Exposure to tobacco smoke after birth
Lack of adequate prenatal care
Mother under 20 years old
Excessive warm clothing or bedding
Sleeping on the stomach
Keep all well baby visits with your pediatric doctor


Always put your baby to sleep on his back or side and never on his stomach – not even for a short nap.  If your baby turns over to his stomach, gently move him to his back or side.  Use firm bedding on a mattress especially made for his crib.  Never place baby on a sheepskin, pillow, or comforter for sleep.  Keep pillows, bumpers, quilts, and plush toys, and all other bedding well away from baby’s face.  Keep the ambient temperature at a level that is comfortable for you and dress baby in light clothing.  Discuss these prevention techniques with your baby’s pediatric physician. He should have information about SIDS prevention for you to take home with you.

Skip the New Year’s Party

A 2010 study, conducted by David P. Phillips of the University of California, concluded that New Year’s Day brings with it a 33 percent spike in SIDS deaths.  The study, published in the academic journal Addiction, found a correlation between this spike in SIDS cases and heavy drinking the night before.  Phillips points out that just as overindulging in alcohol impairs people’s ability to perform tasks like driving, it also impairs their ability to properly care for and monitor the well being of their infants.  This does not suggest that you should not plan an evening out on the town for the New Year celebration or that you should not indulge in any alcoholic beverages.  Make proper care arrangements for your baby with a grandparent, trusted caregiver, or other family member before the night out.  This will ensure you can have a good time, free of worries about baby’s needs when you arrive home.

Final Considerations

While the thought of SIDS seems terrifying to new parents, don’t let fears and worries about it rob you of the joy of parenting.  Follow the guidelines given to you at the pediatric clinic and make certain all caregivers know to follow them as well.  Enjoy your baby as he grows; the time passes all too quickly.








Samantha Gluck is a writer who specializes in various topics including pediatric healthcare, OB/GYN healthcare, business and much more.

Tips on Dealing With Sudden Pet Loss

Dealing with pet loss of any magnitude can be devastating, whether you have had your pet for two years or close to 20 years. It is impossible to compare which is worse – when your pet has a debilitating disease and you go through extensive vet visits and watch your pet suffer before passing away, or sudden unexpected pet loss resulting from an accident or unexpected illness.

Sudden pet loss is when your pet dies without warning, leaving you stunned, shocked and devastated. This kind of loss can feel like a punch in the stomach that takes months and months, and sometimes years, to heal. So how do you deal with a sudden pet loss and how long does the healing process take? Here are some tips to help you get through your difficult time:

* Allow yourself to grieve – no matter how long it takes you: Many people don’t understand that people grieve the loss of their pets much in the same way they do their human friends and family members. After all, pets are a part of the family and often provide a kind of unconditional love not found anywhere else. So when a sudden pet loss occurs, it is devastating because it feels like a member of the family just died. Therefore, it is important that you take as long as you need to grieve your loss and work through that grief.

* Ask for help in taking care of details from family and friends: Your family and friends often feel helpless because they want to help you and aren’t always sure what to do. There are certain details that must be tended to once you’ve lost your pet. If you find you are having trouble doing this and need assistance, asked a trusted family member or friend. They will be glad to assist you and you will be glad to have someone helping through the painful decisions you will likely have to make in the wake of your loss. You can either divvy up responsibilities or just ask them to be with you for the more difficult choices, such as choosing a pet urn if you’ve opted for cremation or picking out a pet grave marker if burial is what you want for your pet.

* Do a memorial of some sort for your pet: You can either opt for a full-fledged service or do something as simple as an online pet memorial service. Whichever option you choose, this is a great way to begin the process of healing while at the same time expressing the important role your pet played in your life. Do as much or as little as you are comfortable with, and remember that online memorials are one of the easiest ways to remember your pet. An online sentiment is also something that can be shared easily among loved one no matter where they might live.

Reconciling pet loss is a difficult and arduous process at best. Coming to terms with your grief is hugely important to help you get through the loss of your pet and move on to the point where you remember the good times you shared without all of the pain.

Colleen Mihelich
Owner, Peternity…honoring your pet for eternity
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