Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

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Yesterday, we were shocked with the news that one of the twin sons of our friends Oliver and Grace, passed away. Bubbly, healthy, and growing steadily, it seemed apparent that he died because of SIDS, or the mysterious Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Grayson was almost 2 months old.

Because of that, I got to researching about SIDS. I have heard about that before but never really quite gone into researching about it. But what I do remember was that when Dindin was a baby, I would wake up several times throughout the night in order to check if she was still breathing. Yes, there is such a stigma to SIDS.

What is SIDS?
Wikipedia says: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is marked by the sudden death of an infant that is not predicted by medical history and remains unexplained after a thorough forensic autopsy and detailed death scene investigation. As infants are at the highest risk for SIDS during sleep, it is sometimes referred to as cot death or crib death. The cause of SIDS is unknown, but some characteristics associated with the syndrome have been identified. The unique signature characteristic of SIDS is its log-normal age distribution that spares infants shortly after birth — the time of maximal risk for almost all other causes of non-trauma infant death. Other notable characteristics are its disproportionate affliction of male infants and the fact that caregivers are unaware in the preceding 24 hours that the infant is at risk of imminent sudden death. Many risk factors and medical causal relationships are proposed for SIDS. Infants sleeping prone or exposed to tobacco smoke are at greater risk than infants sleeping supine or unexposed to tobacco smoke, respectively. Genetics also play a role, as SIDS is more prevalent in males.

How to Prevent SIDS
Although nothing is really fool-proof, parents can place their infants in sleeping room that is well-ventilated. They should also be put on their backs when sleeping. It has been said, too, that pacifiers and giving them a tummy time can help reduce the risk of SIDS.

We are really sad in the passing of Grayson. We were very excited to see them in November, as we have already booked our flights to Cagayan de Oro City in order to join them. God bless you, Oliver and Grace. May God’s grace, peace and comfort be with you at this difficult time.

Goodbye Baby Grayson…


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