SIDS And Wine: Is There A Link?

Does mom’s having a glass of wine increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome? How about a cup of coffee? Might pacifiers cause it? Several studies were published in the August 1999 edition of the Archives of Disease in Childhood that showed no increased risk of SIDS from any of  these behaviors (although there is an increased risk with heavy alcohol or coffee drinking).

SIDS And Wine

Pacifiers, if anything, have a protective effect. Tobacco use though, during pregnancy or baby’s first year, causes more preventable SIDS deaths than any other single cause. And smoking still occurs in 25% of pregnancies in the United States (J Pharmacol Exp Ther, Jun 1998).

How unspeakable to find your precious baby dead in the crib. How much worse if you played a role. It’s worth knowing everything you can about preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.

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