Your opinion on SIDS?

Amanda - posted on 05/04/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I was terrified when my first child was born, I would lie awake watching his chest move up and down and hearing him breath to make sure he was alright. It took over my life for the first 4 months.

It's a very scary thing to think about.

So many different opinions on this matter as well.

But in reality. No one really knows what the cause is. Even to this day.

Either way the child suddenly stops breathing. But NO sign of suffocation.. So how is this possible. Why our babies ?

Whats your opinion

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Stephanie - posted on 05/04/2009

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Although it is still not known what causes SIDS since the institution of Back-to-bed cases have decreased dramatically. You just can't ignore solid stats like that. It is more common in boys than girls. I couldn't wait for the 6 month mark so I could relax a little with my little man. When I was in high school a girl I worked with lost a son to SIDS. It was earth shattering. I wish noone ever had to go through that.

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Melissa, the vast majority of SIDS cases happen between 2-6 months. For the most part, once babies can roll over on their own, the risk is almost zero. But with that said, try not to let it worry you too much. I think we can make ourselves a bit crazy with worry sometimes.

Melissa - posted on 05/04/2009

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im still worried about this! does anyone have an idea as to when we should stop worrying about SIDS?

At my mothers group a few weeks ago the child nurse who is a older women there was saying that when she first started working it was the norm to have babies on their tummies to prevent chocking from spew, but the rate of sids was higher, when babies were placed on their backs the rate of sids dropped dramacticly- so tummie sleeping may be a contributing factor.

and like hope said even today there is no one known reason for sids- its one of the great mysteries of the world!

Jocelyn - posted on 05/04/2009

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I do the same thing! My daughter is 12 weeks old and i find myself waking myself up to just check on her.

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I agree with Wendy. While we have no idea what causes SIDS, and can't predict it, we certainly know how to reduce the risks: breastfeeding, safe co-sleeping, sleeping on back, having a fan in baby's room, no blankets, not smoking, etc. But I think that unpredictability is why the fear of SIDS keeps so many of us up all hours of the night checking on our babies.

Wendy - posted on 05/04/2009

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I was scard to beath of SIDS too, I think most parents are. However, when researching (I just LOVE to research) I came across ways to help prevent SIDS. The biggest ways were breastfeeding coupled with safe co-sleeping. One of the best studies I found on this, is titled "Why Babies Should Never Sleep Alone" (http://www.nd.edu/~jmckenn1/lab/articles...) done by James J. McKenna and Thomas McDade of University of Notre Dame

Kelly - posted on 05/04/2009

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I think that no matter what the doctors tell parents to do with there baby(sleep on back, nothing in their bed, etc...) it is still going to happen. SIDS is nothing that we can stop, I think that either it will happen to your baby or not, even if you do what reduces the chances......that is what i think, they say that some babys dont remember to breath, its not what they are used to yet, but i don't know if i believe that, they make the breathing motion when they are unborn, so what would be so different about after they are born, but i guess it happens and i feel very sorry for the families that it does happen to......

Hope - posted on 05/04/2009

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I know how you feel, I was paranoid with my daughter the hospital told me no bumpers in the crib but I had a bumper in the crib and she is still here, I was told lay them on their backs well we slightly had her on her side supported cause I was worried what if she spit up and she was on her back and choked? I was on my tummy when I was a baby and I am still here..One of my nephews was on his stomach cause he didn;t like to be on his back and he's still alive and kicking..You get told so many things as to what causes SIDS...my mom says that no one really knows what causes it. I think what people hear is BS half the time or just too paranoid. But that's just my opinion and that's all it is doesn't mean I am right or wrong its just what I think. But also I guess you can say also maybe take what doctors say in consideration But listen to your gut.

Hope - posted on 05/04/2009

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I know how you feel, I was paranoid with my daughter the hospital told me no bumpers in the crib but I had a bumper in the crib and she is still here, I was told lay them on their backs well we slightly had her on her side supported cause I was worried what if she spit up and she was on her back and choked? I was on my tummy when I was a baby and I am still here..One of my nephews was on his stomach cause he didn;t like to be on his back and he's still alive and kicking..You get told so many things as to what causes SIDS...my mom says that no one really knows what causes it. I think what people hear is BS half the time or just too paranoid. But that's just my opinion and that's all it is doesn't mean I am right or wrong its just what I think. But also I guess you can say also maybe take what doctors say in consideration But listen to your gut.

Hope - posted on 05/04/2009

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I know how you feel, I was paranoid with my daughter the hospital told me no bumpers in the crib but I had a bumper in the crib and she is still here, I was told lay them on their backs well we slightly had her on her side supported cause I was worried what if she spit up and she was on her back and choked? I was on my tummy when I was a baby and I am still here..One of my nephews was on his stomach cause he didn;t like to be on his back and he's still alive and kicking..You get told so many things as to what causes SIDS...my mom says that no one really knows what causes it. I think what people hear is BS half the time or just too paranoid. But that's just my opinion and that's all it is doesn't mean I am right or wrong its just what I think. But also I guess you can say also maybe take what doctors say in consideration But listen to your gut.

Hope - posted on 05/04/2009

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I know how you feel, I was paranoid with my daughter the hospital told me no bumpers in the crib but I had a bumper in the crib and she is still here, I was told lay them on their backs well we slightly had her on her side supported cause I was worried what if she spit up and she was on her back and choked? I was on my tummy when I was a baby and I am still here..One of my nephews was on his stomach cause he didn;t like to be on his back and he's still alive and kicking..You get told so many things as to what causes SIDS...my mom says that no one really knows what causes it. I think what people hear is BS half the time or just too paranoid. But that's just my opinion and that's all it is doesn't mean I am right or wrong its just what I think. But also I guess you can say also maybe take what doctors say in consideration But listen to your gut.

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