Understanding and Preventing SIDS

Understanding and Preventing SIDS

All parents want to keep their child safe — it’s what we do. As parents we are responsible for making informed decisions that will keep our child both safe and healthy. However, there are some things we cannot control and for those things we need to be vigilant and assess what we can control. For parents with new babies in their homes, the concern is SIDS. Every parent needs to understand what risks are involved when it comes to SIDS for the safety of their new baby. 

What is SIDS?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS for short, is “the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. SIDS is sometimes known as crib death because the infants often die in their cribs” as explained by the Mayo clinic (2020). It is every parent’s worst nightmare — losing their infant child to unexplained causes.

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Why does SIDS happen?

The precise cause of SIDS is still unknown but there have been multiple studies and tests done to help experts and parents better understand SIDS. What we do know is that about 2,300 babies in the United States die of SIDS each year. According to Boston Children’s Hospital, SIDS is more likely to impact a baby who is under the age of four months. They also note that there are a number of other factors that also increase a baby’s risk from SIDS including:

  • Babies sleeping on their stomach
  • Babies getting overheated at night
  • Babies who sleep with a soft surface, blankets, or toys
  • Babies who are born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy
  • Babies exposed to secondhand smoking in their home
  • Babies born to mothers who had little to no prenatal care during pregnancy
  • Babies who were born premature or had a low birthweight.

While none of these factors can conclusively tell us what causes SIDS, it does help inform parents about the very real risks involved. It can also help parents assess the likelihood of whether or not their child is considered high risk for SIDS or not. 

How can parents prevent SIDS?

The main concern of all parents is how to keep their child safe. When it comes to SIDS there are things that parents can do to keep their sleeping child safe. Below are the guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to help parents prevent SIDS:

  • Babies should be placed on their back for all sleep times – daytime nap and nighttime sleep
  • Babies should sleep on a firm, flat surface for daytime nap and nighttime sleep
  • Babies should sleep in the same room as their parent until 6 months old
  • Babies should have their own sleep space (crib or bassinet) while room sharing with their parents. This is different from bed sharing which is not recommended.
  • Babies should not have blankets, toys, pillows, or bumpers in their sleep space
  • Babies should wear light layers to prevent overheating
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While it should be comforting to parents to know that there are ways to reduce the risk of SIDS, for some it is not enough. For some parents, spending the night in fear that their child will not wake in the morning will be more than they can handle as an already sleep-deprived parent of a new baby. It’s hard for some parents to rest easy knowing they cannot monitor their child themselves; for those parents, it is highly recommended to invest in a baby sleep monitor. The best sleep monitor on the market? LoveyQ

Why Do Parents Choose LoveyQ?

There are lots of reasons why parents choose to get a baby sleep monitor, the most notable reason is to reduce the risk of SIDS. The LoveyQ monitor tracks more vitals than any other monitor on the market which is why parents continue to choose LoveyQ.

The research supports the need for monitoring vitals during sleep. According to Boston Children’s Hospital, researchers believe that SIDS is associated with problems in a baby’s ability to wake themselves from sleep because of low levels of oxygen, or a buildup of carbon dioxide in the blood. Normally, a rise in carbon dioxide levels will activate nerve cells in the brain that will wake the baby — it’s a defense mechanism designed to prevent suffocation. However, SIDS babies fail to wake themselves up when this happens — this is the terrifying reality of SIDS.

Luckily the LoveyQ sleep monitor is designed to track these vitals and alert parents if something is wrong while the baby sleeps. This allows parents to intervene before anything happens. It’s a simple device and it can be easily worn to watch for baby’s vital signs. 

If your child is considered high risk for SIDS, or you are simply a concerned parent who needs to rest easy, the LoveyQ monitor is a great tool you can use to reduce the risk of SIDS — and also to help you get a better night’s sleep. Babies are best cared for when their parents are well-informed and well-rested and the LoveyQ monitor can help parents do both. 

References: 

  1. Mayo Clinic, Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). (2020, May 20)
  2. Boston Children’s Hospital, Sudden infant death SYNDROME (sids): Symptoms & Causes: Boston Children’s Hospital. (n.d.)
  3. Center for Disease Control, Sids – parents and caregivers. (2020, September 30)

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