Raechil - posted on 08/06/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )
SIDS is a common fear among mothers... especially first time mothers I assume.
What I want to know is how do you get past the fear?
My son Tristan is 2 months old and I am terrified. He refuses to sleep on his back or side and Ive been sleeping with him on the couch because I am so exhausted by the time I am able to sleep that I'm scared that if he's not right next to me I wont wake up when he does. The couch provides the comfort that I know I don't have the room to roll so I wont roll onto him but he still sleeps on his stomach.
He's good about waking up if he has any problems but sleep apnia runs in my family and it is a cause of SIDS. It's where whenever you get into the REM stage of sleep your body relaxes to the point where you stop breathing. In adults your body is able to wake you up to restart your breathing but in babies its more common that they just don't wake up.
I don't know how to cope with this information or get over the fear that they put into me at the hospital about SIDS.
How did you deal with it?