Young infants, usually from age 2 months to 4 months, are found dead in their cribs and there can be no “obvious” cause of their death! This situation is extremely devastating for parents as well as a tragic event for the entire family. After all these years of study and research into the causes of SIDS there remains no cure and no reason for the occurrence.
Since 1992 babies sleep on their backs or sides but SIDS won’t go away!
Originally we felt it safer to place newborns and babies who could not yet roll over on their own on their tummies or side when we put them into their cribs. This seemed logical due to the fact that if they did regurgitate (spit up) while sleeping it would not be a cause of concern for the baby’s breathing airway. It was proved to be far safer to place the child on his or her back when they slept through testing and from 1992 on the practice was emphasized for new parents. But the fact remained that SIDS continued to be the diagnosis for many infant deaths and continues to be a serious problem that has yet to be cured or solved. Infants under the age of one year are more prone to die from SIDS:
1) During winter months
2) While sleeping on softer bedding
3) Are premature at birth
4) Live in poverty conditions
5) Mother has babies close in age
6) Baby sleeps in bed with parents
7) Smoking in the home (and before birth)
8) Sleeping on his or her stomach
Autopsy results are never clear as to cause of death and there are no symptoms or signs preceding the child’s death.
While a baby monitor may not prevent the death of your infant it will ensure you are aware of any possible problems or warning signs if that baby suddenly stops breathing. The most effective method is a baby movement monitor, which is highly recommended by most experts and millions of parents. This type of monitor not only keeps track of sounds from the infant’s crib but movement as well, enabling parents to be aware of their child’s every movement as it slumbers. Many parents of newborns may initially watch their baby constantly for any abnormal movements, especially lack of movement. But they will come to relax a bit when the monitor is at hand to keep them informed and soon rely on its assistance so they can feel more comfortable when baby is out of sight.
A small price to pay for peace of mind and a healthy infant...
You can buy a good baby movement monitor for well under $100 and they are available in a wide assortment of retail outlets. If the cost is prohibitive there are services that will help provide one for those in need, so not having one is no excuse. Parents may even be supplied with one when the infant is discharged from the hospital or be prescribed one by their obstetrician or pediatrician. Ask your doctor what is recommended and how you can obtain one before taking your newborn infant home. Keep that baby in your room (but not in your bed) the first few months in his or her own bassinette. When you do move the baby to the nursery make sure to use the baby monitor every time that baby is put down for a nap or night time sleep. You will feel more relaxed and your baby will slumber healthily and waken to fill your home with joy every day.