SIDS & Possible Prevention???

As I was reading about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), I was wondering if it could be prevented by giving at-risk babies (babies born prematurely with low birth weight, poor Apgar scores, or limp muscle tone) MRIs, fMRIs, or PET scans.  Even though the precise cause is still unknown, it is said that problems in brain functioning may play a role.  I think it would be extremely helpful for these babies to undergo necessary medical procedures in order to perhaps prevent further threats to survival.  Would it be harmful for babies?  Are there any possible negative affects to such a procedure at such a young age?

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~ by Marissa Hayes on September 13, 2009.

3 Responses to “SIDS & Possible Prevention???”

  1. It seems as though a large part of the overall expectancy rate differs based upon infant survivals and death’s in addition to the older populations. I wonder how much the percentages differ. It seems that studies and research on infant development (rather than older generation, unless corrilationally applicable) and fixation (if necessary) could provide even more long term benefit that that of prevention.

  2. It is interesting to note also that in the cultures where holding/sleeping with infants is the norm the SIDS rate is much lower. This brings to my mind the power of touch, such as in Kangaroo Care, and perhaps some of these SIDS babies could have benefited from just a little more holding. I’m not saying these babies were neglected or unloved in some way, just that perhaps something in their brains could have been more fully formed with a little extra touch therapy. The problem is knowing which babies are in need of more and which ones are not. It is not as though SIDS babies cried or were not held, and other babies who are neglected, do not die of SIDS. It is a mystery.
    Jennifer Poulos

  3. There are logistical problems with giving newborns those types of tests. I disagree with the theory that touch therapy would be necessary. I work with bereaved parents every day. Some babies that die of SIDS are breastfed babies. Many are babies that bed share with their parents. Until a medical cause is found, why not simply advocate greater compliance in the guidelines that the AAP has set up? We find that in most cases of an infant death, everything that could be done has not been done. That doesn’t by any means indicate that the parent or caregiver “killed the baby”, but it does mean that that child had a vulnerablity that has not yet been identified and probably could have benefited from the safe sleep guidelines. Unfortunately, parents receive many mixed messages by advertisers and professionals.

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