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Safer Sleeping and SIDS
Dan Brennan, MD posted:
What is SIDS and what can you do to help prevent it? Here are some answers .
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ntherelng responded:
I heard somewhere that the use of a fan in the room could also reduce SIDS. The thought was that if it is due to a build up of CO2, that a fan kept the air moving and thus had the potential to limit the buildup. Have you heard this or heard that it is not true? I wish I knew where I found the info, but I believe it even said that it could reduce the odds by like 70%.

What are your thoughts?

Dan Brennan, MD replied to ntherelng's response:
Thanks, Renee, for your post. The CO2 theory is just one theory and no one really knows the answer at this point.

The most recent "breakthrough" seems to be the use of a pacifier. I don't personally recommend that every baby sleep with a pacifier, but some expert feel that this may may play a role in continuing to stimulate some babies during sleep.

Until we better know what causes SIDS, I recommend that babies sleep on their backs, in their own space, on a firm baby mattress, close to mom but not in the same bed.

I hope that someday soon we will have a proven theory so that we can all rest easier at night.
jlenn replied to Dan Brennan, MD's response:
Would love for my baby to sleep on her back -- but she always rolls over to her tummy! She sleeps all night like that now (she is 4 months). I worried like crazy at first, but unless I stand over her for 10 hours, she's going to be on her tummy. It's hard not to worry about SIDS when it is so unexplainable.
Wendy12345678 responded:
I know this is an old post, but I'm just wondering if anyone else is finding themselves super sids paranoid?
ssteinbuch0048 replied to Wendy12345678's response:
YES!!! DH and I are really paranoid about SIDS. I think ours comes from how he breathes. Most of the time he breathes really fast. Then other times, when he is really asleep, it is like you can hardly tell that he is breathing. UGH!!!
Stacy (31), DH (32), DD-Paige Aspen (13), DD-Pearl Madison (11), DS-Alexander Gregory 2/21/11
phoenix31674 replied to jlenn's response:
My boy would really only sleep on his side and then he started rolling to his tummy around 3 months and that's the only way he will sleep now at 5 months. He rolls over onto his back when he's ready to be up. I do have a fan in the room and he uses the pacifier, but I've never really worried about it. I figure SIDS is very rare and babies were sleeping on their tummies for years safely. Of course he had very good head control from the beginning and could hold his head up from about 2 months on.

While SIDS is serious, I do wonder if it being so prominent in the media has made folks a little overly paranoid.
fiannakyn replied to phoenix31674's response:
I think this article is interesting about serotonin and SIDS.
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