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What're the risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome?

The risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome may include problems with sleep arousal or an inability to sense a build-up of carbon dioxide in the blood. Almost all sudden infant death syndrome deaths occur without any warning or

symptoms when the infant is thought to be sleeping.

Sudden infant death syndrome is most likely to occur between 2 and 4 months of age, and 90% occur by 6 months of age. It occurs more often in winter months, with the peak in January. There is also a greater incidence in Native Americans and African-Americans.

The following factors increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome:

  • Babies who sleep on their stomachs
  • Babies who have soft bedding in the crib
  • Multiple birth babies
  • Premature babies
  • Babies with a sibling who had sudden infant death syndrome
  • Mothers who smoke or use illegal drugs
  • Teen mothers
  • Short intervals between pregnancies
  • Late or no prenatal care
  • Situations of poverty
  • Smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, or drug use during pregnancy
  • Poor prenatal care
  • Premature or low-birth weight
  • Mothers younger than 20
  • Smoke exposure following birth
  • Sleeping on stomach
  • Boys are affected more than girls. While studies show that babies with these risk factors are more likely to be affected, the impact or importance of each factor is not well-defined or understood.

    More information on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

    What is sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)? - Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) (also called crib death) is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant baby under 1 year of age.
    What causes sudden infant death syndrome? - The cause of sudden infant death syndrome is unknown. It may be due to an abnormality in the control of breathing.
    What're the risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome? - The risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome may include problems with sleep arousal or an inability to sense a build-up of carbon dioxide in the blood.
    How to prevent sudden infant death syndrome? - The number of sudden infant death syndrome deaths has decreased as more parents have put their infants to sleep on their back.
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