What to Know about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

There are 1,001-plus reasons why a baby could unexpectedly die. It’s something no parent ever wants to face. Some of these causes could be from natural illnesses or accidents. However, when a baby dies for no reason during sleep, it calls for really urgent attention. Imagine putting a seemingly healthy baby to sleep, only to come back and find out that the baby cannot wake up. The shock alone can throw you into a coma.

In this article, we will have an in-depth look at what Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is and how to prevent it.. Let’s take a look at a clear explanation of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

What is SIDS?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is an unexplainable loss of a newborn child. This type of death usually occurs during sleep and is sometimes referred to as crib death or crib syndrome, because the baby is found dead in the crib while sleeping.

There is no known cause of SIDS yet, but there are speculations that it could be due to some defects in an area of the baby’s brain. This assumption has not been proven, but it is the only relatable cause for the meantime.

Doctors and researchers have advised that to curb this horror, parents need to take some precautions when handling the baby. One of the most important precautions to take is to have babies lay on their backs to sleep. This advice isn’t only for SIDS; it is age-old advice that parents must obey for the well-being of their babies.

What Causes SIDS?

As mentioned earlier, there are no known causes of SIDS; however, the following factors can increase a baby’s vulnerability to the condition.


Babies between the ages of one month and four months are more likely to develop SIDS.

Brain defects

It has not been proven to be accurate but researchers believe that a defect in a portion of the brain could be responsible for the syndrome.

Genetics and More

Unexplainably, these things that can make a baby more prone to SIDS:

●               Respiratory infection

●               Low birth weight

●               Sleeping on the stomach

●               Too much heat

●               Sharing cribs

●               Premature birth

●               Living with smokers

●               Heredity/bad genes

These are some of the things that can make your baby vulnerable to SIDS.

What is National SIDS Awareness Month?

National SIDS Awareness Month is a yearly observation concerning SIDS. It is held every October. During this month, young mothers would be advised on how to properly attend to their babies to avert situations that will lead to sudden and unexplainable death of the baby.

To share your experience or advice to new mothers, you can use the hashtag #SIDSAwarenessMonth when posting on social media. That way, you could be reaching out to thousands, if not millions, of young mothers.