Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) means the sudden death of a child into his cot or the crib. Such death is not justified by the medical history or through the detailed investigation of any such death.
With due care and attention, the SIDS can be prevented. Following points need to be considered to avoid SIDS.
1. Infants tend to cry too much due to some or the other reason. If the crying is overdone, this may sometime increase the risk of SIDS. Here, comes the USE OF PACIFIERS. With the help of a pacifiers, the child can be diverted to sleep or laugh which can reduce the crying, leading to the safe path against SIDS. One should also use a baby monitor in this case in order to keep an eye on the child every time.
2. SLEEPING POSITION OF THE INFANT is the most important thing to prevent SIDS. When the child sleeps on his back, he is more attentive and there are less risks of choking. SIDS is more prevalent with children who are in sleep. Hence it becomes vital to take care of how a child is sleeping and not turning to several harmful positions. Choosing a high quality baby monitor for your child can become a blessing at this stage.
3. AVOIDING THE USE OF SOFT MATTRESS, SOFT TOYS OR PILLOWS is crucial as this may lead to breathlessness if the infant’s face gets covered with any of these. The child should be covered so as his neck and his arms as well as his chest is open to fresh air.
4. Most infants turn positions while sleeping and USE OF SLEEPING BAGS becomes helpful in this case. Parents use the sleep bags to save their child from cold. A child is put into this sleep sack with his arms and face in the open area. Rest of the body parts are hidden inside the zip of the sleep sack. This type of sleeping pattern can prevent the child from congestion because the child cannot turn his position into the sleeping bag and remains on his back throughout the sleep.