SIDS Awareness Month – KSFY










October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) awareness month.
October 15th is the wave of light day. It is done by lighting a candle at 7 p.m. whatever time zone you’re in, in your own home for at least an hour to light the world and remember the babies lost too soon from miscarriages, stillbirths, or infant loss.

The goal is to spread awareness to local communities because nearly 26,000 die each year from stillbirths just in the United States and nearly 3,400 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. Most of these deaths result from SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month to 1 year of age, sometimes even younger than 1 month.

Factors that can be controlled to help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death include always placing your baby on his or her back to sleep, always using a firm place to have your child sleep in such as a safety-approved crib covered with a fitted flat sheet. Also making sure there sleeping area is free from soft objects such as pillows, toys, crib bumpers, or lose bedding and lastly to help reduce the risk is to keep the baby’s sleep are separate from and adults or older siblings sleep area. Those are all ways to help in reducing the risk of SIDS or other sleep-related deaths.

So once again on October 15th we in the SIDS and baby loss community would like all those in our local community here to spread the wave of light by lighting a candle at 7pm in which ever time zone you’re in, in honor of the babies that we have lost too soon from infant loss, miscarriages, and stillbirths. So please show your support, and help spread the wave of light.

To learn more about SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death call 1-800-505-CRIB. That’s 1-800-505-2742.

Facts:
• 3000-4000 babies die of SIDS or other sleep-related causes each year in the United States alone.
• SIDS is the leading cause of death among babies between 1 month and 1 year of age sometimes even younger.
• Most SIDS deaths occur when babies are between 1 month and 4 months of age and the majority (90%) of SIDS deaths occur before a baby reaches 6 months of age. However SIDS deaths can occur anytime during a baby’s first year.
• SIDS is a sudden and silent medical disorder that can happen to an infant who seems healthy.
• SIDS is sometimes called “crib death” or “cot death” because it is associated with the timeframe when the baby is sleeping. Cribs themselves don’t cause SIDS, but the baby’s sleep environment an influence sleep-related causes of death.
• Slightly more boys die of SIDS than do girls.
• In the past, the number of SIDS deaths seemed to increase during the colder months of the year. But today, the numbers are more evenly spread throughout the calendar year.