infants still die from SIDS

@ersmommy1 (12595)
United States
September 13, 2008 3:51pm CST
As a pregnant mother this is one of my concerns. It is truly scary! Fewer than 2,500 infant deaths this year will be classified as SIDS SIDS may be underreported because causes of infant deaths are mislabeled Researchers investigate brain-stem problems and undiagnosed genetic anomalies Babies who begin daycare before 4 months of age may be at increased risk Do you/Did you follow the safe sleep rules? BACK to sleep?
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• United States
13 Sep 08
I still am very cautious about SIDS and have always tried to be on top of it from the mattress to many other things. I even have a monitor that goes under her mattress that has alarm that goes off if when there is absolutely no movement for more than 20 seconds Bebe Sounds Angelcare Movement sensor it keeps my mind at ease and also have a monitor with a camera to check on her when I am downstairs.
@ersmommy1 (12595)
• United States
14 Sep 08
I have seen those at Target. Will look into how effective they are.
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• United States
16 Sep 08
Well it has worked for me but everyone is different so it varies on how satisfied one might be. Just look it up that is what I did before I had my daughter and have not looked back :0)
@tbombela (24)
• United States
14 Sep 08
This is scary, I just had a new grandaughter whom is less than two months old. Anyone know when a baby is old enough to be safe from SIDS?
@ersmommy1 (12595)
• United States
14 Sep 08
From the literature I have read Most SIDS deaths happen in babies who are between 2 and 4 months old.To help reduce the risk of SIDS, the only things that should be in your baby's crib are a firm clean mattress, a secure fitting crib sheet, a blanket (if you use one) and your baby. They sleep safest on their backs.
@msmell (1378)
• Australia
14 Sep 08
This one is very very close to my heart as My Cousin's 6 week old little boy just passed away from SIDS yesterday morning. My cousin was starting at her mother's house for the night and in the morning the grandmother when to check the baby and found that he wasn't breathing! Live is just not fair sometimes he was just so young!!!!! It is so heart breaking
@jonesy123 (3949)
• United States
13 Sep 08
Yes, and I was still worried sick with my first constantly checking on her until I finally started to relax. We followed all the safety requirements they recommended to avoid SIDS. Babies still die from it, either because the parents didn't follow the recommendations, co-slept, or even more importantly the child already had some sort of respiratory problem. That said, I recently read that there seems to be a genetic predisposition to SIDS and that the cause may be other than the inability to get enough air. Something else causes some of the SIDS cases, causes the heart to stop, the brain to function. But obviously, you should do what you can to avoid the situation. Just don't drive yourself crazy.
• United States
13 Sep 08
I have two girls, they're 5 and 10 years old now, but when they were babies I was just as concerned as you are. I did follow the safe sleep rules when they were first born, but after reading a few articles and listening to my mother and grandmother, I started to think my paranoia was more of a problem than SIDS. There are quite a few articles out there about SIDS being more along the lines of "I'm a bad parent and I let my baby smother" than something that's completely out of our hands. I'm not saying you shouldn't be concerned or not to follow the safe sleep rules, but listen to your motherly intuition and let it guide you.
@ersmommy1 (12595)
• United States
13 Sep 08
That is what I did with my daughter who is now also 5. It just seems now that I am seeing more of these type of articles.
• United States
2 Oct 08
Well, I believe I know the rules about back to sleep and all that. My wife is very active in this area. I had less faith in her diligence, I would probably obsess about SIDS, too. Right now, she is pregnant again and I have a reputation as a worry-wort as it is with the people at her doctor's office. No need to go adding to my status as paranoid right now. :)
@katsmeow1213 (28895)
• United States
15 Sep 08
NONE of my kids ever wanted to sleep on their backs, and I wouldn't make much of a fuss about it. I am a tummy sleeper myself, and always have been. When my oldest was born they said put him on his side to sleep, and put rolled blankets on either side of him so he can't roll. He hated that. Eventually I just put all the kids on their tummy.. and they've all been fine. I think sometimes the experts overdramatize things to scare us.
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
14 Sep 08
I tried to follow the safe sleep rules as much as possible. It was hard at times though when the baby was able to move on their own. I did make sure to check often though.
@sedel1027 (17850)
• United States
13 Sep 08
My son is 9 and I let him sleep however he wanted. When I was born babies slept on their back. I think the whole SIDS thing make parents paranoid. I always wondered if SIDS is even real. How did we go years and years and year without the diagnosis of SIDS?
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
13 Sep 08
Both of my kids slept in baby wedges when they were infants. My son slept on his side and my daughter slept on her back or her side. When they were old enough to flip themselves out of the wedge I took it out of their cribs and let them sleep how they wanted. My daughter went to her stomach right away.
@reoko10 (578)
• United States
13 Sep 08
Well when my frist daugther was born we try to follow the sleep rule but for some resone she would not sleep on her back and I would have to hold her for her to go to sleep. I was up all through the night with her and I was so scared that if I didn't put my daughter to sleepon her back that something would happen and she would die. But as I notice she did just fine not sleeping on her back and I also notic that if a child sleep's on there back they can still choke on there on spit up.