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1
Q

What is sudden infant death syndrome?

A

Defined as the sudden and unexpected death of an infant or young child for which no adequate cause is found after a thorough post-mortem examination.

2
Q

How common is SIDS and in what age group does it usually occur?

A

Infants aged 2-4 months old.

Incidence is ~ 1 in 2000

3
Q

What are the risk factors for SIDS?

A

Infant:

  • Low birth weight
  • Pre-term
  • Multiple births

Mother:

  • Overcrowded house
  • Younger than 20 years
  • Single mothers
  • Maternal smoking
  • Smoking after childs birth

Environment:

  • Lying face down
  • Overheating
4
Q

What advice should be given to parents to avoid SIDS?

A

Don’t smoke during or after pregnancy
Poor infant to bed on there back
Avoid heavy wrapping and high room temperatures