The Truth About SIDS in Infants
Make sure your baby receives all of the doctor’s recommended immunizations. I know many parents have concerns about the many immunizations their babies are receiving and what is being put into their little bodies, but this is how we have thwarted many of the illnesses of old that you no longer see today; Black plague, diphtheria, yellow fever, etc. Studies have shown that proper infant immunizations reduce the risk of SIDS by over 50%.
Make sure your baby has regular well-baby checkups. A doctor can make sure that your little one is consistently free from illness, especially if he or she contracts a respiratory virus that could increase his or her chances of SIDS due to a difficulty in breathing. You want to know that your baby is healthy at all times and a doctor can catch any problems before they become dangerous.
Receive early and regular prenatal care while you are carrying your child. Prenatal vitamins, a healthy diet and exercise, prenatal vaccines, and a doctor’s close eye will make sure your baby has the best chance at living a healthy life, even while he is still in your belly.
And MOST IMPORTANTLY, do not smoke, drink, or use drugs while pregnant and do not expose your baby to secondhand smoke. Infants of mothers who smoked during pregnancy are three times more likely to die of SIDS than those whose mothers didn’t smoke. Exposure to secondhand smoke doubles a baby's risk of SIDS.
Even worse than any kind of respiratory illness that may hinder an infant’s breathing ability, cigarette smoke, even second-hand (and even if you’re blowing it out the window at home or in the car), can completely block a baby’s developing respiratory system from breathing altogether. An infant’s system is simply not mature enough to handle inhalants like cigarettes. I mean, look what it does to fully-grown and mature adult respiratory systems.