How to calm my fears about SIDS


Jennifer - posted on 07/22/2012




I was researching this some time back when I was pregnant. There was an Australian study that I found interesting and VERY helpful.

They found that the fireretardant they add to baby mattresses to make them "safe" would create a toxic gas when it came in contact with anything wet - spit, spit up, urine, etc. This gas sits about an inch thick on the top of the mattress - right where baby's face is if on tummy or side. The best prevention I had heard of until then was to lay the baby on its back to sleep - curiously, out of the one-inch danger zone.

There is a company that makes inexpensive mattress covers out of food-grade plastic. The only tiny holes are on the bottom, far away from any liquid mess. They found by using these covers, the incidents of SIDS dropped by about 70%! I believe the name of the company, or product at least, is BebeSafe.

The study also showed, before the covers were installed, the risk went up with every subsequent baby that used the mattress. So there was a higher risk for second, third, and more babies.

This product doesn't guarantee to stop all cases, but it was significant enough for me to buy one without hesitation. I slept better too.


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Joanna Lynn - posted on 10/04/2012




Deep sleep does NOT cause SIDS. The baby does not move around as much, leading to more inhalation of poisonous gas in the mattress due to additives to reduce flammability!! Research toxic gas theory of SIDS please and tell EVERYBODY you know.

Joanna Lynn - posted on 10/04/2012




THANKYOU Jennifer for mentioning the gas-theory. I'm trying to get the word out. It makes SO much sense. I bought a mattress wrap immediately!

Tina - posted on 07/22/2012




I used mattress protectors with both of mine too. For a number of reasons. One if you keep your mattress nice you have more chance of reselling it. Keeping moisture off of mattress will keep it from getting any sort of mold and bacteria harmful to baby. I used a full woolen one for my son. My daughter has one made on another material. I them and sheets probably once a week and vacuum. Keep away dust mites etc. I had my daughter little over a year ago. I'm in Australia. SIDS in Australia has been reduced by about 70 % like Jennifer said. I went back to the hospital I had my son just a few months after I had him 2 babies born around the same time had died because of poor sleeping choice. Sleeping in bed with parents. They showed me pictures of positions babies have died from bad sleeping practices. Like sleeping on the couch. Babies have rolled and sufficated. The best thing also is to keep you home smoke free.

Tina - posted on 07/18/2012




I know how you feel my kids are 1 and 2 yet I still find myself checking in on them through the night. I panic sometimes when they're sleeping and check that they're breathing. I would get a good monitor if baby is going to be sleeping in another room. I have a basic one but after having my 2 I would have preffered a video one so I could see them. I've always found myself waking during the night thinking are they ok going and checking on them. Waking them up. Worried if they're warm cold etc. I'd say a baby monitor would be a good investment. Not just for night time. But if you're busy doing chores and you can have it in the kitchen and whatever and put you're mind at ease a little.

Just keep cot basic so there's less likely of anything happening and number one tip. Always trust your instincts no matter what anyone tells you. If you're concerned about something even if it seems like nothing or others say don't worry she'll be alright. If you're concerned about it, get bubs. checked. For your piece of mind. I've done it. Most times I've been worried about nothing. But it made me feel better to be sure.

Unfortunately as mothers it's our job to worry.

Felicity - posted on 07/18/2012




Hi Tammy, I too was scared of SIDS. They are some basic rules such as the good advice the other mothers have provided above, in addition to not sleeping in the same bed with the baby or on the couch (co-sleeping). Researchers do recommend though that the baby sleeps in the same room as the parents in their cot with no bumpers or loose bedding. This apparently prevents the baby falling into a deep sleep which they have found increases the risk of SIDS. As Lisamarie noted beforehand too, you can buy sleep monitors which have movement detector pads which sound after I think 20secs if there is no movement. Yes, these can go off when the baby moves out of the sensor area (happened a few times with my two particularly as they get older) but for me it gave me peace of mind so that I could sleep without waking up every hour or so to check if they were still breathing. My friend had one and it actually saved her child's life! I believe they state on the packaging they are not a medical device and are therefore not 100% reliable but for me it was definitely worth it.

So in short (sorry for the ramble), you should follow all of the best SIDS prevention advice available ( then you are doing the best thing possible. But if you still, like me are worried, maybe invest in a sleep monitor as an extra precaution.

Lisamarie - posted on 07/18/2012




The thing about SIDS is that no-one knows what it is, which is what makes it so scary. It's basically an unexplained death and it can happen to adults too. There are many things we can do to reduce the risk as Amber pointed out.
Some people I know do not agree with this for some good reasons but my grandmother-in-law bought us an alarm baby monitor when I was pregnant with our first which came with a mat that you slipped under the mattress of the crib or cot and would sound an alarm if no movement was detected within something like 15 seconds. The problem with this is that it tends to scare people more. We have had a few instances of panic when the alarm has gone off, we've shot upstairs and baby's sleeping soundly: Major Panic Alert! Scariest thing in the world.
I'm currently pregnant with my 3rd and am still contemplating whether to buy one this time. I suffer from anxiety though so it's a tough decision for as I panic of the smallest things.
If you're really worried you can try talking to your health care professional and hopefully they can give you some advice and put your mind more at ease. Although being a parent there is never going to be a time again when you don't worry about something or another, it comes with the territory. :-)

Determined - posted on 07/17/2012




Keep baby away from smokers it has been linked to SIDS. If the baby is too warm some doctors think that might be a cause as well. Keep baby swaddled, no loose bedding, bumper pads, toys, etc. After 6 months the likely hood of SIDS significantly decreases.

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