The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development studied that some sleep conditions correlate to a higher risk of sudden unexpected infant deaths. Paula Plympton, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner with Baptist Health South Florida, explains in 1994 the American Academy of Pediatrics launched this back to sleep campaign, which drastically decreased the SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) numbers by 50%. "The safest way to put your baby back to sleep is on his back, at all sleep times, nap time, at night all times always on the back," she says.
Dr. Jaime Fernandez, Pediatric Neonatologist with Homestead Hospital, explains SIDS stands for sudden infant death syndrome: "What's happened is the nomenclature has changed a little bit, in the sense that now we call it SUID, which is sudden unexpected infant death." He also says if you think about it as an umbrella, SUID is the umbrella that covers any kind of infant death, regardless if it's from a metabolic reason, infectious reason, congenital abnormality, even accident and in criminal activity.
Some of the myths about SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) are that babies can catch it, cribs cause it, babies who sleep on their backs will choke if they spit up or vomit during sleep, and that SIDS can be prevented. Dr. Jaime Fernandez, Pediatric Neonatologist with Homestead Hospital, explains it was called crib death because this is where the babies were found, but it has nothing to do with the actual crib.
Dr. Jaime Fernandez, Pediatric Neonatologist with Homestead Hospital, points out that there are no studies that support the claim that baby monitors decrease the incidence of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). "Parents have to understand that this was not their fault, this is not anything that they did, and this certainly was nothing that they could have prevented when it's true SIDS," he says. Some of the grief resources for coping with this syndrome are First Candle, Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Foundation (SUDC), the Compassionate Friends, and Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc.
Sex, age, race, family history, second hand smoke and being premature are SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) risk factors. Dr. Jaime Fernandez, Pediatric Neonatologist with Homestead Hospital, says male infants have a significantly higher propensity to experience SIDS. He also explains SIDS occurs in the first year of life, with the highest peak between two to four months of age. "In terms of race, sadly African-American babies are two and a half times more likely to to suffer from SIDS," he points out.