SIDS article - Jennifer Miller HD FS - 229 Sudden Infant...

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Jennifer Miller HD FS - 229 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, commonly known as SIDS, is an unexplained death of a healthy baby under one year old, while asleep. It is the leading cause of death in infants, taking 2,200 lives each year. Due to educating parents, SIDS rates have drastically declined sixty percent from ten years ago. Studies indicate, more boys succumb to SIDS than girls do. African American, Native American, premature babies, and whose mothers smoke, were risk factors. New research indicates that there may be a genetic link as well, that could put an infant at risk: brain stem malfunction gene abnormalities an unusual reaction to an infection There are ways parents and caregivers can do to secure the infants safety: Most importantly, put the baby on their back to sleep, lowering the risk greatly. However, by doing so, some babies will have a flattened head. To prevent this, the infant can lay on their stomache while they're awake. Creating a safe sleeping environment includes having the baby sleep in a crib
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course HD FS 229 taught by Professor Gutshall,donna during the Summer '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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