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What is SIDS and what causes it?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:42 AM on Sep. 10, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrom. It means the baby dies...It could be from anything. particularly newborns.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:44 AM on Sep. 10, 2008

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  • one of their newest theories is that when baby is sleeping face down, that a build up of carbon monoxide is built up around the babies nose and mouth, that he/she doesnt get the fresh oxygen, and thus, suffocates because there is no fresh air, back in the early 80's one thing they included was blankets in babies room, fluffy ones, or ones that were made from wool, etc, thats why there is the campaign for Back to Sleep...
    sweetscrappin

    Answer by sweetscrappin at 1:38 AM on Sep. 10, 2008

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  • uhm they dont really know. its caused by different things...
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:44 AM on Sep. 10, 2008

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  • My mother said that when my brother was a baby he stopped breathing one night and was turning blue. She tried everything to get him to start breathing like picking him up and shaking him. She finally stuck her finger down his throat and he had swallowed his tongue. She pulled it out and he started breathing again just fine. She is convinced that it was SIDS and if she hadn't caught it he would have died. SIDS can be caused by lots of different things like suffocating in a crib mattress or pillow etc. sometimes what causes it is a total mystery.
    rasbneon

    Answer by rasbneon at 12:58 AM on Sep. 10, 2008

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  • Im starting to think its all that. I asked the nurse the exact same question and although she said that the reason that young infants should sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS becuase they're much less likely to suffocate themselves in that position, but when I asked her if SIDS was caused by suffocation all she said was they dont know the exact cause, and when the autopsy is performed and they cant find an exact COD then they consider it SIDS. So I still dont know. But I think its pretty much just when the baby stops breathing in their sleep, for whatever reason.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:24 AM on Sep. 10, 2008

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  • They dont know what the cause of death was so they had to give it a name, hence Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. If a baby died of obvious suffocation then that would be the COD. SIDS basically means that there were many babies dying without a solid explaination. There are many things that people can do to reduce the risk of SIDS: pacifier, sleeping on back, no bumpers blankets pillows or stuffed animals in baby's crib, no loose fitting gowns when baby is sleeping.
    CassandraLeeMN

    Answer by CassandraLeeMN at 3:09 AM on Sep. 10, 2008

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  • New Zealand stopped SIDS when they got rid of mattresses containing Flame Retardant Chemicals. Google it. Everyone here claims that breastfeeding, smoke-free, and vax free babies fare better but even those babies in New Zealand who did not have those advantages are staying alive if they covered there mattress w/ duct tape and some sort of plastic. Or bought ones w/ out the chemicals. Even adult mattresses have the chems. Really scary. Personally, I just slept w/ my kids, and would jostle them and check on them all the time. Still I had a bad scare one nite w/ my youngest. Shook me up bad, but he was okay. Just a deep sleeper that prefers no clothes or blankets and felt ice cold to my tough.
    onlycathyo

    Answer by onlycathyo at 6:18 AM on Sep. 10, 2008

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  • The UK found the cause of SIDS to be a weak brainstem. It collapses onto itself and the signals from the brain telling the lungs to breath never make it to the lungs and the child stops breathing. California then linked weak hearing in one ear (I think the left) to an increase risk of SIDS.
    purpleducky

    Answer by purpleducky at 9:44 AM on Sep. 10, 2008

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  • New studies are showing that SIDS is linked to a brain malfunction that does not wake the baby up when they can't get enough air. The reason they want them on their back is because they believe that having their face close to the bed keeps the expelled air close to their face. They then breath that air back in and it's mostly carbon dioxide. They then don't get enough air into their blood and the body shuts down. Most of us would wake up when this happens but for some reason there is something genetic that's causing some baby's to fall into a deep sleep and not wake up. They said that since they switch it to having them sleep on their back SIDS has decreased by 50%
    Sammieanne

    Answer by Sammieanne at 10:16 AM on Sep. 10, 2008

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  • I believe its a bunch of different things. Not just one.
    LaurenKaye29

    Answer by LaurenKaye29 at 12:27 PM on Sep. 10, 2008

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