SIDS & SUIDS: Know the risk timeline

What are SIDS and SUIDS?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexpected death of a healthy baby less than 1-year-old. It usually occurs while the baby is sleeping and is sometimes known as crib death. As the name states, SIDS happens suddenly without warning, symptoms or cause.

“The specialists in newborn child mortality state most cases are not genuinely SIDS, however SUIDS (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome),” says Renée McCabe, with Safe Kids Greater Augusta. “At the point when an exhaustive examination is performed, numerous passings do have a reason and are credited to perilous rest rehearses.”

When can SIDS and SUIDS occur?

The most noteworthy hazard for SIDS and SUIDS is in babies somewhere in the range of 1 and 4 months. 90% of cases happen in babies younger than a half year. After the infant turns one, SIDS and SUIDs are, by definition, no longer conceivable. Despite the fact that there is certainly not a high possibility of SIDS or SUIDS happening in babies between a half year and 1 year old, it does in any case occur.


The reason for SIDS is obscure, however investigate has demonstrated that there are sure factors which make an infant progressively powerless against SUIDS:

  • Low birth weight
  • Brain defects
  • Respiratory infection
  • Sleeping on the stomach or side
  • Sleeping on a soft surface
  • Sharing a bed or cosleeping
  • Overheating

Maternal factors

There are additionally some maternal hazard factors which occur during pregnancy. The odds of SIDS increment if the mother:

  • Is under 20 years old
  • Smokes cigarettes
  • Drinks alcohol
  • Uses drugs
  • Has had inadequate prenatal care

Steps to prevention

The best method for SIDS and SUIDs prevention is to start with sleep safety. Parents are encouraged to take the following steps to reduce their child’s risk of SIDS and SUIDS:

  • Put your baby to sleep on their back
  • Keep the crib empty
  • Don’t overheat your baby
  • Have your baby’s crib or bassinet in your room
  • Breastfeed, if possible
  • Immunize your baby
  • Put your baby to sleep with a pacifier
  • Cover the mattress with a fitted sheet and nothing else

“The most recent suggestions from the AAP express that it is ideal to take care of the baby in a rest sack and not to utilize a cover, as it presents a danger of suffocation or strangulation,” McCabe says. “It is ideal for guardians to room share for the primary year or if nothing else a half year (have the infant in a bassinet in a similar room) yet never co-dozing, in a similar bed.”

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