|The sudden infant death syndrome or cot death is the sudden unexpected death of an infant where the cause of death cannot be established and the infant appeared to be healthy and well before death.|
It is now the most common cause of death among infants in the first year of life. It is not a new medical condition having been mentioned in the Old Testament before the time of Christ.
The reason for the sudden infant death syndrome is not known and at present it is very difficult to predict and prevent. It occurs more often in males than in females and premature babies seem to be more at risk. It is said to occur more often between the hours of midnight to 6.00am and during the winter months.
In some cases of cot death parents give a history of mild respiratory infection, poor feeding during the two months before death and a poor rate of growth. Irregular breathing especially if the gaps between breaths are over 20 seconds is thought to play a part in cot death. Research on babies with regular breathing and ‘near-miss’ SIDS is enabling us to identify those infants who are in danger of the sudden death syndrome. If such an attack has occurred, then your infant should be under the care of your doctor who can arrange for a thorough medical check-up and for continued medical supervision in the first year of life.
In addition the following are important for infants at risk :
If your child is considered to be in danger of cot death, both parents and immediate relatives and friends should familiarise themselves with this form of resuscitation.
The Sudden Infant Death Association which can be contacted through your telephone directory can advise and give help and counseling.
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