when can i stop worrying about sids? my lo is 10 months and im still terrified of it happening1 2 months ago by Shawna Untereiner
SIDS is more of a risk within the first year, and generally the younger the child is the higher the risk. 90% of SIDS cases happen in the first 6 months, while most cases happen between 2 and 4 months of age.There are steps you can take to bring down the risk of SIDS, like getting a SIDS monitor, they have them at baby's r us, make sure your baby is sleeping on a fir mattress, removed bumper pads from the crib and replace them with mesh bumpers to reduce the re-breathing risk. Take out anything plus from the crib. Don't overheat the baby, don't over bundle or over blanket, or keep the heat set too high. Put your baby down to sleep on it's back. Obviously as the baby gets older it will roll over on it's own, but place them to sleep on their back. Don't allow anyone to smoke near your baby, and that means 3rd hand smoke too, the residual smoke that is on people's clothes or skin.
If he or she can roll over and has great head control, the risk is significantly reduced. We bought an Angelcare monitor and that helped us relax some at night. If you plan on having more children, I recommend getting one so you can sleep a little easier at night. Keeping the fan on at night or during naps supposedly also reduces risk for SIDs. A firm mattress and having the baby sleep in the parent's room in their own crib till 1 is also recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to reduce SIDs.
This won't comfort you, but there is an adult form of this. It's called SADS, Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. For the most part, you never stop worrying about your children, and if you give it enough thought, you'll be in constant despair. Love them, hug them, hold them, and never stop. Tomorrow isn't a promise that we have(not to be morbid), but it's the truth. There are tips to help you sleep better, there are monitors, there are special padding, ways to lay them down at night, but as a parent, no matter what, you'll always worry. My children are well beyond that age where SIDS occurs, and yet I still check on them to see if they are breathing throughout the night.
I still worry about SIDS and my daughter is almost 18 months. My problem being that when I was in HS, my bf at the times nephew passed away from SIDS at 3 months old. Going to a funeral for a child is a horrible feeling. We finally moved my daughter (very begrudgingly on my part) into her own room at 14 months. Every single night I check on her before we go to bed., and if she sleeps in, the first thing I'm doing is checking on her to make sure she's still breathing okay. I know it sounds crazy, but it makes me feel comfortable. We didn't have the extra money when we got pregnant with her to have a monitor with a camera or the angel care system, otherwise I would have got it. My 2nd one however, I do plan on getting said items... for my own peace of mind! To answer your question though, I heard it was at 1 years old that you can stop freaking out, but still avoid blankets or pillows. I got my daughter one of those incline pads that fits under the crib sheet and she sleeps with her blankie in footie pj's.