SIDS and Your Special Needs Baby

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) awareness month. This month aims to provide people with the information they need to help prevent cases of SIDS in the future. While there is seemingly no cause of this syndrome, there are steps parents can take to try and reduce the risk for SIDS. Here at RSVP Home Care, home care company in Northern Kentucky, we want to help you understand what SIDS can mean for you and your special needs baby. While the prevention methods are not different, there are other factors that you must consider to keep your complex child as safe as they can be.

Understanding SIDS

While Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is quite rare, this is still the number one cause of death in babies twelve to fifteen months of age. The most important thing for any parent to know is that SIDS puts no one at fault. A seemingly healthy infant can be put down for a nap or for bedtime with no differences from previous naps or bedtimes and then suddenly pass away. There are no signs or warning for this terrifying diagnosis. While the reality of SIDS is scary, and doctors and researchers don’t know how to predict when this syndrome will strike, there are measures you can take to potentially reduce the risk of SIDS ever becoming an issue.

SIDS and Your Complex Child

Now that you have a better understanding of SIDS and the risk it poses there are certain preventative measures that must be taken with complex children. If your baby is born premature the time frame for when SIDS can strike changes. SIDS usually occurs for babies aged 1 year and younger. With premature babies, especially those who require respiratory therapists because of premature development in the womb, SIDS has been shown to strike later because of the slower development for these children. If your child requires overnight respiratory machinery, it is incredibly important to make sure it does not shift or cause a potential blockage for the child’s breathing. But above all, parents with complex children should take the same preventative measures as they would with any other child. Follow all guidelines for reducing the risk of SIDS so this syndrome never has to be more than a thought.

Ways to Reduce the Risk of SIDS

RSVP Home Care, Northern Kentucky respiratory specialists, wants to make sure your children are safe. We strive to bring you the best respiratory care for your child so they can live their best life. If you have any more questions about the respiratory care we offer, contact us today.