According to the CDC, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is “…the sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained.” The CDC says, “SIDS is one of the leading causes of infant mortality and occurs from the first month, until the first year of life for newborns and infants.”
Dr. Ginger Truitt, obgyn, has a special interest in SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome); in fact, she has conducted advanced research and had specialized training in SIDS risk factors. According to the SIDS Task Force, while risk factors alone do not cause SIDS, they can and do have an influence on the well-being of your baby.
We still do not know what causes SIDS, but physicians like Dr. Truitt hope that by establishing good prenatal care and communicating preventive care tips, the incidence of SIDS death may be reduced.
Women are always told not to smoke during pregnancy, but women need to know that smoking during pregnancy has been identified as a major SIDS risk factor. The SIDS Task Force reports that babies with mothers who smoke during pregnancy and continue to smoke after pregnancy (exposing the baby to second-hand smoke) have three times the rate of SIDS as babies whose mothers do not smoke.
Quitting smoking is difficult, but you should work with your obgyn to quit smoking during your pregnancy, and you should continue to avoid smoking around your baby after the birth as well. In addition, do not let other people smoke around your baby.
The American Lung Association says that smoking during pregnancy contributes to:
These statistics are important because studies show that low birth weight and pre-term deliveries are possible SIDS risk factors.
If you would like to learn more about prenatal care and SIDS awareness from Dr. Ginger Truitt, contact us at the North Austin, Bastrop or Cedar Park office of Renaissance Women’s Group for an appointment.