What does SIDS awareness mean?

What does SIDS awareness mean?

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month! This month and beyond, advocates and infant caregivers can join Safe to Sleep® and its partners to encourage safe infant sleep and help raise awareness about SIDS.

What is the science behind SIDS?

Children’s neuropathologist Hannah Kinney, MD, and colleagues have found that babies who die from SIDS have abnormalities in the brainstem, the part of the brain that controls breathing; that responds to re-breathing too much carbon dioxide; and that regulates blood pressure and body temperature — all of which are …

What does a SIDS autopsy show?

Findings consistent with SIDS include the following: Serosanguineous watery, frothy, or mucoid discharge from mouth or nose. Reddish-blue mottling from postmortem lividity on the face and dependent portions of the body. Marks on pressure points of the body.

How is SIDS investigated?

Currently, there is no diagnostic test available for SIDS. A diagnosis of SIDS is reached only when the cause of death remains unexplained after a death scene investigation, an autopsy and a review of the clinical history. Similarly, there is currently no way to predict babies that are at risk of SIDS.

What are symptoms of SIDS?

SIDS has no symptoms or warning signs. Babies who die of SIDS seem healthy before being put to bed. They show no signs of struggle and are often found in the same position as when they were placed in the bed.

Why does a pacifier prevent SIDS?

Sucking on a pacifier requires forward positioning of the tongue, thus decreasing this risk of oropharyngeal obstruction. The influence of pacifier use on sleep position may also contribute to its apparent protective effect against SIDS.

How does Sudden infant death syndrome ( SIDS ) work?

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year old. A diagnosis of SIDS is made if the baby’s death remains unexplained even after a death scene investigation, an autopsy and a review of the clinical history.

What is the difference between SIDS and SUID?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): One type of SUID, SIDS is the sudden death of an infant younger than 1 year of age that cannot be explained even after a full investigation that includes a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history.

Is there a biological basis for SIDS syndrome?

SIDS is a mysterious syndrome, and by its very definition the cause cannot be determined. Children’s researchers have uncovered strong evidence that SIDS has a biological basis, and are continuing to work towards determining the underlying causes and identifying at-risk babies.

When to use SIDs as a diagnosis of exclusion?

SIDS is a diagnosis of exclusion and should be applied to only those cases in which an infant’s death is sudden and unexpected, and remains unexplained after the performance of an adequate postmortem investigation, including: an autopsy (by an experienced pediatric pathologist, if possible);