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What's the difference between SIDS and suffocation?

When people talk about SIDS they mostly talk about suffocation hazards. Are people misusing the term or is SIDS basically the same as suffocation? I think I'm missing something.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 11:19 AM on Jan. 27, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • They are misusing it.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:22 AM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • SIDs doesn't have anything to do with suffocation.. there isn't a cause or SIDS. If the baby dies because it smothered itself then there is a cause of death. If that makes sense? Or that's I always understood it.
    celticreverie

    Answer by celticreverie at 11:22 AM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • SIDS is not the same as suffocation. It's when the baby stops breathing with no apparent cause.
    riotgrrl

    Answer by riotgrrl at 11:22 AM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • Well I think alot of times with SIDS they worry about the baby breathing in and out the same air over and over because it is trapped right next to their face so they don't get any oxygen, only the monoxide they have breathed out. I think you are right though, alot of the worry is suffocation also.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:23 AM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • If it isn't bc of suffocation then how is keeping blankets and bumpers out of the babies bed going to prevent or reduce the risk of sids?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:24 AM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • Misuse of the terms in question.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:27 AM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • SIDS.....SUDDEN infant DEATH


    suffocation...1: to become suffocated: a (1): to die from being unable to breathe (2): to die from lack of oxygen b: to be uncomfortable through lack of fresh air 2: to become checked in development
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 11:38 AM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • SIDS is a huge concern for me since i have a 4 week old baby girl, and i have done a lot of Internet surfing looking for reasons for it and ways of preventing it. I have recently come across information on a study done in Australia and New Zealand, that i found very helpful. here is a link to it.  i should also point out that in Australia and New Zealand they call it Cot Death not SIDS, i believe they use the word cot instead of crib. Hope this helps i know i have already ordered mine.


    http://www.simplesolutions-int.com.au/cot.aspx

    labonte43

    Answer by labonte43 at 11:42 AM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • SIDS is related to vaccines.
    Autumn22

    Answer by Autumn22 at 12:35 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • ....and that explains how my 5 month old unvaxed cousin died from SIDS. yeah.

    anyway, alot of people use it as a blanket term for unexplained death, suffocation and smothering.
    jcsmummy

    Answer by jcsmummy at 12:48 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

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