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What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and how to prevent it

Today’s post is about SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and my reason for writing it and making the video is my friends story, a work colleague of mine who had his son born on 9 of March, this year but sadly the baby boy died 2 days later because of SIDS. For me it was heart braking to see their sadness and in that moment i decided to produce a video about this subject just to make peoples aware about SIDS and talk them, show them how to reduce the risk of SIDS happening to their baby.

As you might know SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and is the sudden, totally unexpected death of a child who is not older than a year. Worldwide more than 19.000 babies die because of SIDS every year and the exact cause of SIDS is unknown, nobody can tell precisely why it’s happening.

Some paediatricians believe SIDS occurs at a particular stage in a baby’s development, especially that part of the baby brain involved in the ability of them to arouse from sleep and also affect babies vulnerable to certain environmental stresses like being born prematurely or having a low birth weight, or because of other reasons that have not been identified yet. Other stress factors could include tobacco smoke, getting tangled in bedding, a minor illness or a breathing obstruction. There’s also an association between co-sleeping (one of the parents, mummy or daddy sleeping with the baby on a bed, sofa or chair) and SIDS.