SIDS - Part II The book, SIDS, is directly related to the...

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Part II The book, SIDS, is directly related to the position in which babies are put to sleep. Another influence is race, age of parents, and whether the parents are smokers. Only in a little paragraph on the books extended explanation of SIDS, serotonin is mentioned. The article explains how a group of researches in Italy experimented with mice in regulating and measuring their serotonin production, which is a hormone that regulates heart rate, temperature and mood. The article suggests that in the study mice with a large number of serotonin receptors and regulators were bred. The team found out that a large number of mice would die of early age due to slow heart rate and changes in body temperature. Serotonin is usually blocked on REM sleep, but the receptors are still on and affecting the body. This could be an explanation on how, as suggested in the book, babies that have a caregiver watching frequently for them as they sleep never reach deep or REM sleep. In theory what the article says is that by regulating the serotonin receptors SIDS could be avoided. But we also have to sit and think about how the serotonin receptors are damaged in the first place. Perhaps, race, age, and smoking habits influence the babies’ hormones and receptors while in the womb. Or maybe there is another underlying cause that researches have not found yet. The book says that SIDS has been reduced dramatically over the past thirty years, but yet it still continues to occur. It is amazing how China has the lowest SIDS rate in comparison to any other country. It is suggested that such a low rate is related to the caregiver attendance of the baby while she/he sleeps, the way that they are fed (breast milk) and the way they are put down to sleep, on their backs. It is also interesting how the article never mentions anything about they way babies are put to sleep, on their stomachs or backs. The mayor cause of SIDS cases, as seen in the book, is related to the babies position while sleeping, stomach vs. back. The book quotes the findings of some researches in Australia that found a significant decline on loses due to SIDS when babies were put to sleep on their backs. SIDS has many factors, from age to race and weight to sleeping position. Regardless of the large number of possible causes it can’t be 100% prevented, which maybe, raises the question about if there are more causes or not. Perhaps the Italian researches have come to the answer, or maybe they just got a portion of it. Anyhow until a way of controlling serotonin production and uptake by body we can never be certain about it. It is interesting how in the book serotonin production is barely mentioned. This shows how our constantly updating world is revealing mysteries. Maybe in the future we will have a vaccine to prevent infants from suffering from SIDS or maybe we will know the real cause of it. Part III
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2011 for the course PSYC 2314 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '10 term at Lone Star College System.

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