Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a major cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age, with most deaths occurring between 2 and 4 months.
What is SIDS?
SIDS is the sudden unexpected death of an infant under 1 year of age that remains unexplained after a complete investigation.
The investigation includes an autopsy, examination of death scene, and a review of medical history. The investigation is important because SIDS is sudden and silent and occurs often in the infants sleep with no signs of struggling or suffering.
However, according to studies, the rate of sudden infant death has dropped dramatically. There are approximately 2,500 infants who die of SIDS every year in the U.S.
What are the Causes?
The causes of SIDS are still unknown however it is not contagious, preventable or predictable. Generally, it can be caused by a series of events or factors.
According to certain theories, an infant who appears to be healthy may have an underlying defect located in the brain stem, which controls heart and lung functions like heart rate and breathing.
SIDS studies indicate that some babies may have a delay or abnormality in development which makes them vulnerable to sudden death.
However some studies indicate that SIDS can be linked to vaccinations like DTaP.
SIDS and Vaccination Link?
The public has had concerns regarding the link between SIDS and the DTaP vaccination for quite some time, but according to a 1980’s study of the link between DTaP and SIDS no association was found.
However, some medical professionals will argue these findings.
A more recent study of 103 children who died of SIDS done by Dr. William Torch of the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine found that two thirds of these children were vaccinated with DPT prior to death.
Of these children, 6.5 percent died within 12 hours, 13 percent died within 24 hours, 26 percent died within 3 days and 70 percent within 1-3 weeks after vaccination.
The vast majority of babies receive the DTap vaccine within months of birth. These results are both alarming and disturbing. Further research in this area is needed to shed light on the link between SIDS and DTap.
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