October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month. SIDS refers to a condition in which an infant is found to be dead due to an inexplicable…

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month. SIDS refers to a condition in which an infant is found to be dead due to an inexplicable reason even after autopsy, review of clinical records, and death scene investigation. It is amongst the leading causes of infant deaths thus it is an issue to be concerned about. Although a specific cause cannot be pinpointed, there have been studies conducted to show correlations between SIDS and various factors. There are certain prenatal and postnatal risks involved. For instance, there’s a higher chance of SIDS occurring with drug and alcohol abuse during the prenatal period while different sleeping positions during the postnatal period also have an effect on the risk of SIDS. Therefore, it’s possible to reduce the rate of SIDS occurring if parents take certain precautions and are more responsible about their child. For more information, visit http://www.sids.org and learn more about what you can do to reduce the risks. – Vivian