SIDS Risks Related Articles & Blog Posts
Breastfeeding and Saving Lives
Many studies have demonstrated a variety of benefits from breastfeeding, including lowering the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The first study linking breastfeeding with overall lower infant mortality was presented at the Pediatric Academic Society meeting in San Francisco on May 2, 2004 (Dr. Benjamin’s Spock’s birthday). Most babies do well however they [...]Read full story
Baby Waking at Night?
A SIDS Silver Lining Breastfed babies have longer sleep cycles than formula-fed babies, according to a study in the January 2004 Archives of Diseases in Childhood, but the breastfed babies are also more easily awaken. This might help to prevent SIDS. In the study, researchers used nasal air jets of varying force in an attempt [...]Read full story
SIDS, The Family Bed, & The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and the JPMA have launched a new national safety campaign urging parents not to ever bring babies to sleep with them, but to always put them to sleep in cribs that meet current safety standards. (Note: the JPMA is the Juvenile Products Manufacturer Association – the association for crib [...]Read full story
Secondhand Smoke Robs Vitamin C from Children
Children exposed to the most cigarette smoke have the lowest levels of vitamin C in their blood – regardless of how much fruit and vegetables they eat or the vitamins they take – according to a study of nearly 3000 children published in the March 2001 issue of Pediatrics.Read full story
Could SIDS Be Contagious?
Doctors first scoffed at the now-accepted idea that ulcers were often caused — not by excess acids — but by infections with the bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. Now evidence suggests that infection with this same bacteria may also be responsible for many cases of sudden infant death syndrome.Read full story
Dangers of Parental Smoking
A study in the August 2000 issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood found that parents who smoke increase the risk of meningococcal meningitis for their children by about 200% for every 20 cigarettes smoked at home on an average day (220% if the mother smokes, 170% if only the father smokes).Read full story
Fast Facts about SIDS
SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is defined as the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of any infant or young child.Read full story