SIDS, Child, PreventionWatching for Your Child’s Signals

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is the sudden death of a child between the ages of one month and one year, is one of the worst nightmares a parents can experience. Though, if you’re the parent of a newborn, are an expectant parent, or know someone in one of those two categories, you will want to read this blog.

Since your child, or your soon to be child, cannot communicate their pains with words, you need to be extra attentive. That also means you need to be aware of knowing when something doesn’t seem right with your child, even though they may not give you signs.

Suggested Causes of SIDS

Infant Development
Research of the brainstem shows sometimes delays or abnormalities in the brain’s nerve cell development, which are critical to the normal functioning of the heart and lungs, occurs. There can also be a delay in several serotonin-binding nerve cell pathways critical to breathing, heart rate, and the response of blood pressure when waking from sleep.

Rebreathing Stresses
It is caused when a baby sleeps facedown, which can restrict air movement around the mouth, and can lead to an inhalation of carbon dioxide they just exhaled. It may also occur due to the presence of pillows, soft-bedding, blankets, stuffed or plush toys, or any other object in the bed that might restrict their breathing during sleep.

Hyperthermia (Increased Temperature)
Overdressing a child, too many blankets, or rooms that are too warm may cause a baby’s metabolic rate to increase. That will lead to the baby’s inability to control their breathing. It is not known if increased temperature alone causes SIDS or if that is just a reaction to objects, such as extra clothing or blankets, restricting a baby’s airways.

So, how do you prevent the chances of SIDS? Well, you will want to reduce the external risks. Make sure they sleep on their backs, there is nothing in their crib that can cause rebreathing stress, do not overdress them or keep their room too warm, and monitor them.

Upper Cervical and SIDS

While that reduces the risks of SIDS, it doesn’t deal with abnormalities in brain cell development or delays in serotonin binding nerve cell pathways. There is no way for your newborn to tell you if their heart or lungs are not developing correctly, or if their internal organs are not working correctly. Though, an upper cervical specialist can tell you for them, by examining your child for any misalignments in their upper neck vertebrae.

Your child’s neck may have been stretched or twisted, during the birthing process, in such a way that the top two vertebrae in the neck—the Atlas and Axis—are misaligned. That misalignment, which leads to the brain’s inability to communicate properly with the body via the brainstem, can lead to such things as the brain not getting enough blood or oxygen, nerve damage, or damage to the nerve cell pathways that causes SIDS.

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Dr. Kyrie Kleinfelter and Associates of 1st Place Chiropractic of St. Charles Illinois are St. Charles Chiropractors and Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Geneva, Elgin, Wheaton and Batavia. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems for children and adults, including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and autoimmune disorders. More information can be found on their website at