Exposing SIDS Myths in an Honest Conversation to Save Babies’Lives.

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)—a term that sends a wave of fear down the spine of every parent and is the subject of countless Google searches for tips for prevention.

But no matter how hard you look, you’re probably not going to find a clear-cut solution. The problem is that there is quite a bit of uncertainty surrounding SIDS. For one thing, we don’t even really know what causes it. We have theories and risk factors, but there’s little to no proof to back any of it up.

SIDS is an umbrella term

In reality, SIDS is a prime example of an umbrella medical term—a catch-all “diagnosis” that can include many different causes that have the same result—in this case, the sudden death of an infant. And like all umbrella terms, SIDS offers minimal chances for resolution or understanding what actually caused these babies’ deaths.

If we were to create an equivalent umbrella term for adults, it would be “sudden heart stopping syndrome” or “sudden inability to breathe syndrome.”If you tried to solve either of these problems just by looking at the outcome, it wouldn’t go very well. It makes little sense to try to find tips to keep your heart beating or keep your lungs working if you don’t know whatthe problem is first.

So while it’s convenient to categorize a variety of very different causes under one scary name, in order to find a solution for SIDS and save babies’ lives, we have to look for the actual causes of SIDS. This is the only way to minimize or eliminate these tragic incidences.

The first step is to accept that there are most likely several different causes of SIDS. Healthy babies don’t just stop breathing, and definitely not all for the same reason.

SIDS myth #1

Studies have found that sleeping tummy-down increases the risk for SIDS, hence the current recommendations to only put babies to sleep on their backs.  But if you stop to think about this for a second, doesn’t that seem strange? Babies and adults have been sleeping stomach down for millennia, and parents of fussy babies know that this position greatly relieves colic pains. And yet, we’re being told that this natural, beneficial sleeping position threatens our babies’ lives.

If this is true, why could that be?Perhaps we should be looking at what is different now that makes tummy down sleeping so dangerous. Consider briefly that it could be the environment rather than the position that’s harmful.