Ensuring babies sleep safe and sound
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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is still one of the most common causes of deaths in infancy. If a baby is put to bed correctly, this can reduce the risk of infant death.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the death of an infant without any warning signs or discernible causes. SIDS is triggered by various external factors that impact the child’s breathing and natural regulation of their body temperature. Older children and adults react to these factors unconsciously by changing their sleeping position or waking up. These vital reflexes are not yet developed in newborns, so their breathing and circulation may collapse.
Premature babies and multiples, children with anatomical developmental disorders in the respiratory tract and children of very young or socially disadvantaged mothers belong to the risk groups. Their stress can transfer to the child and contribute to SIDS.
An average of nine children die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in Switzerland every year. This corresponds to four percent of all deaths in infancy. Around 60 percent of those affected are boys.
In approx. 80 percent of all cases, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome occurs within the first six months of life. It rarely occurs in children over the age of one.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome can be prevented by making sure your baby sleeps on his back. Soft mattresses, pillows and stuffed animals in bed should be avoided to prevent overheating. Possible diseases and development disorders can be detected early on and treated with regular preventive check-ups.
Baby fat regulates a child’s body temperature very reliably. However, a baby requires a warming cover in order to avoid getting cold during the night.
The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome can be significantly reduced with the correct sleeping position.
Many young parents want to have their baby with them at night. However, being too close can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
The cot shouldn't be set up to be comfortable, soft and cosy as all these factors contribute to SIDS. It is better to have accessories which promote the baby’s health.
The bedroom should be a comfortable temperature for the baby. It must be well aired and smoke free so the baby’s airways aren't affected.