October is designated as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month as a way to educate the public on the leading cause of death in children between one month and one year of age. There’s no better time to reflect on SIDS and what Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center can do to help.
What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?
Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, refers to the unexpected, sudden death of a child under age one that cannot be explained by an autopsy. Ninety percent of SIDS cases occur by six months of age but is also extremely likely between two and four months. While the death rate for SIDS has decreased within the past ten years, SIDS is still one of the leading causes of infant death, taking the lives of thousands of babies each year in the United States. The direct cause of SIDS is unknown; however, studies indicate that it may be related to problems with sleep arousal or the body’s inability to sense an excess of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream.
A number of factors have been linked to an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome, including:
- Infants that sleep on their stomach
- Infants who sleep in the same bed as their parents
- Infants who are exposed to cigarette smoke before or after birth
- Babies who sleep with soft-bedding
- Premature birth
- Mothers who use illegal drugs during pregnancy
- Lack of prenatal care
Here at the Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, our skilled pediatric medical and nursing staff members provide exceptional care using the highest technological equipment available. Our team includes expertise in pediatric general surgery, cardiology, nephrology, gastroenterology, hematology, and even genetics. Our emergency department is also the proud recipient of the Los Angeles County EDAP rating, or Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics.
For quality, prenatal and pediatric services in the Thousand Oaks area, contact our compassionate team members at (805) 497-2727.