SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the tragic syndrome where very young infants die unexpectedly, usually while sleeping in their cribs, is an awful thing for any parent to have to go through. There have been a few theories on how SIDS occurs, and one of the strongest ones is that babies have not been put to bed on their backs.
This is thought to reduce the likelihood of SIDS because when the baby is not in their stomach, they are able to breathe more freely. Conversely, when a child is placed on their belly to sleep, they may have obstructed breathing which can lead to their death during the night.
The new correlation with SIDS was that the occurrence on this deadly syndrome shows a 33% increase on New Years day. That’s quite a difference to ignore. The theory is that this is because parents may have been drinking or partying the night before, and they may have not put the baby to bed the proper way, which is on the back.
But that’s really just a theory at this point. Another one is that parents who do bed-sharing with their young infants may accidentally smother their children while sleeping. Ugh, scary stuff. Actually, it’s so scary that I’m gonna cut this one short.
Parents, if you’re gonna go out drinking this New Year’s Eve, make sure someone who will not be impaired at all will be watching your youngsters! Happy and safe new year everyone…
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