Understanding Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

One of the great and tragic mysteries of childcare is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which we now know isn't necessarily the fault of parents, siblings or even babysitters, even though they become the additional victims of SIDS, as the aftermath unfortunately can lead to family disintegration. Those dealing with SIDS should seek help, and they should avoid blame and feelings of guilt. In this article, we will help you understand SIDS, including:

  • The Causes of SIDSSudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is nothing new, though it was once attributed to the mother rolling onto her baby during sleep. We now know that's not true, but what causes SIDS is still a mystery. The baby apparently stops breathing and dies during sleep without suffering. Younger infants are at greater risk of SIDS, though not under one month old. Factors associated with sudden infant death syndrome include soft bedding or stuffed toys in the crib, which can cause suffocation, cigarette smoke, overheating, lying on the tummy, or premature birth.
  • Overcoming Guilt About SIDS Sudden Infant Death Syndrome claims more victims than just the baby itself. Parents, siblings, and even babysitters often feel responsible for the untimely death. The unfortunate resulting trauma sometimes leads to family disintegration: divorce, substance abuse, blame and severe psychological problems.

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