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SIDS, Part 1

September 7, 2010

What we’ve learned from Michael.  This might take more than one blog post, so we’ll take it in installments. 🙂

While my husband and I know that nothing we could do would have prevented Michael’s death, we aren’t going to miss opportunities to be more cautious with the next children. We’ll strive not to ‘sufficate’ the child in our efforts towards protection, but we still want to be assured that we’re doing what we can, while maintaining our desires on how to raise our children too…in other words, we’ll do what we feel we must while trying hard not to over do it! LOL

We’ll start out with what my husband and I have decided to do differently with our next children, should we be so blessed with them, God willing!

1)They will sleep in our room with us, in a bed side crib.

Studies have shown that sleeping in the same room as the parents is safer, and reduces the risks of SIDS, death by house fire, ‘kidnapping’ and other such night time problems.  Also, we will both feel safer in being able to hear the reassuring sounds of our baby breathing in it’s sleep. We opted to get a side-car type crib, in which I can safely have the baby near, but each has their own space to sleep. It’s convenient to have as well for breastfeeding.

2)They will breast feed.

Other studies have shown that breastfeeding also reduces the risks of SIDS.  Along with all the many other benefits of breastfeeding, this is one that touches my life.

3) Be in sleep sacks, or other such clothing, no blankets.

I haven’t found any research on the use of sleep sacks, per say, but I have about not over heating your child, and keeping them at a regulated temperature. How else to do it, but use sleep sacks?

4)Wrap the mattress our infant sleeps on

Now, this has only been substantiated in New Zealand, but have all my other research into how our government DOESN’T regulate things, it makes perfect sense to me, along with the other precautions for SIDS.  They have found that after wrapping the infants mattress, there were no incidents of SIDS related deaths. They had a active campaign to help raise the awareness of the simple act of wrapping a mattress. Granted, this only helps solve the incidents in which a baby died from SIDS in their own bed. This doesn’t help with the ones who’ve passed away in beds that aren’t their own, while on the floor, or in someones’ arms.

5) Getting an Angel Care Monitor

I probably don’t need to mention how wonderful this would be, to help easy the mind of a worried parent, let alone one who’s had a child pass from SIDS. Even when asleep in our bedroom, this will be on the infants bed. Peace of mind, and possibly life saving, no cost is too much for us.

6) No pacifier.

This is for two reasons. One, it wouldn’t be conducive to breastfeeding, and I don’t want any type of nipple confusion.  Two, my husband doesn’t want them.

I am on the fence with the sleeping on the back or tummy precaution. I think that is up to the parent, and only time will tell on what we do. With the Back To Sleep campaign here in the USA, many are placing their babies to sleep on their backs. But that doesn’t necessarily reduce the risks of SIDS as there are so many contributing factors, and some we may not know about completely.

There are some studies that are coming out that imply there is something in the babies brain that doesn’t tell them to keep breathing at regular intervals (apnea). This is still relatively new research so I would take it with a grain of salt. But many parents have both the angel care monitor and sleep apnea monitors on subsequent children after they have experienced an infant death due to SIDS.

Again, not sure how much we’ll do about an apnea monitor at this point. Just more food for thought.

The risks for SIDS are the following:

-Bed sharing with a smoking parent

-Bed sharing with a non-smoking parent

-Birth before 37 weeks gestation

-Low birth weight

-Low Apgar scores

-Recent viral illness

-Native American or African American ancestry

-Infant of male gender

-Young maternal age

-Low socioeconomic status

-Illicit drug us in household

-Single parent status

-Soft bedding material within the infants crib or bassinet

-Prone sleeping position

-Side sleeping position

-Cigarette smoking during pregnancy

-Parental unemployment

-Postnatal exposure to cigarette smoke

From the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Also what SIDS is NOT:
SIDS is not caused by lack of love.

SIDS is not caused by suffocation, vomiting or choking.

SIDS is not contagious.

SIDS is not hereditary.

SIDS is not caused by baby shots, vitamin deficiency or hormone imbalnce.

SIDS is not caused be allergies or infection.

SIDS is not caused by a sleeping parent laying over on the baby.

Some of those I might  disagree with but as I don’t have any real research done on them, I will leave it as such for now.

The amazing thing is, I never ONCE received anything from the ‘professionals’ on SIDS risks and preventions. Not my OB, not the two hospitals I was at, not the NICU care team and not Michael’s pediatrician.  With him being a premature baby, you would think that we would have gotten something in regards to it.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. tiffany permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:33 am

    WOW! Blown away. This is awesome. As you know I lost my sweet baby due to unsafe bed sharing. No one told me either.

    • September 8, 2010 10:17 am


      Isn’t it amazing what they don’t share, in parts of the country? I plan to remedy it in my neck of the woods.


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