Pregnancy, Infant, and Child Research Projects from Mr. Griffith's Life Skills and Personal Finance class at Kelseyville High School. This is an experimental project in which we have a class blog where all students have the capability to post.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Imagine having your 1 month old infant to 1 year old be okay and the next you are rushing your child to the hospital because your child has lost all vital signs for no apparent reason. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) which is exactly what it sounds like when all of a sudden your child has gone into cardiac arrest, it is still a very unexplainable event that takes the life of an infant for no apparent reason despite all the research that has been done for it. SIDS claims the lives of about 2,500 each year in the United States alone.
There are several different things that you could do to help protect your child from the risks of becoming a SIDS case:
1. Put your baby to sleep on their backs.
2. Make sure your babies bedding is on a flat mattress and there are no big pillows around.
3. Sleep in the same room as your child.
4. Avoid overheating the child while sleeping.
5. Make sure you are using good prenatal care.
6. Do not smoke, drink, or use any other illegal drugs while pregnant.
7. Ensure that your baby gets all of its vaccinations.
9. When putting your child to sleep offer them a pacifier.
Following these few steps will not completely refrain your child for becoming a SIDS case but it will greatly reduce the chances.