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Sudden infant death syndrome known as SIDS is one of the leading causes for the inflated infant mortality rate in this country today It is often misunderstood or unrecognizeableThe causes of SIDS are unknown to the general public The public awareness is increasing SIDS is also commonly referred to as crib death It is said to claim approximately 6000 to 7000 babies a year within the United States This might seem like an astounding figure but when the total amount of babies that are born in the Unted States is compared to that of the number of deaths du to SIDS it is only a small percentage that hopefully can be reduced During the first swek of life is where most deaths taht are associated with prematurity dominate SIDS is the leaeding cause of death among infannts under one year of age It is lnly secon to injuries as the cause of death in children less than fifteen years of age I think the unknown fact is that SIDS takes more lives thn other more common diseases such as leukemia heart disease etc Even thought the cause of SIDS is still unknown you can sitll take precautions to prevent it To help reduce SIDS Infants should never be placed on soft bedding a pillow waterbedsheepskin or any other soft surface Do not put any fluffy blankets comforters stuffed toys or pillows near the baby to prevent rebreathing If you must cover your baby with a blanket use a light blanket that reaches no further than the shoulders Do not smoke drink or use drugs while pregnant and do not expose your baby to secondhand smoke Infants of mothers who smoked during pregnancy are three times more likely to die of SIDS than those whose mothers were smoke-free exposure to secondhand smoke doubles a babys risk of SIDS
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