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Please join us on September 9, 2012 at Stables Grill in Kearney, MO!!
We will be honoring and remembering Slade Joshua Smith, son of
Kari and Shane Smith at the 3rd annual Slades Ride. See the flyer
posted for more details.
The Nathan Michael King SIDS Foundation is a Christian founded, non-profit organization dedicated to the SIDS community by spreading awareness of SIDS; providing necessary educational information on safe sleeping habits to help reduce the risk of SIDS, necessary safe sleep items such as approved cribs, mattresses, and sleepwear known to reduce the risk of SIDS; provide financial assistance to families who suffer the tragic loss of a child to SIDS for funeral, burial, monument, grief counseling and medical costs; provide funeral, cemetery, and grief counseling resources to family and friends of a bereaved child; and provide SIDS research support for SIDS case information database and clinical testing for SIDS susceptibility.
What is SIDS?
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a medical term that describes the sudden death of an infant which remains unexplained after all known and possible causes have been carefully ruled out through autopsy, death scene investigation, and review of the medical history. SIDS is responsible for more deaths than any other cause in childhood for babies one month to one year of age, claiming thousands of victims in the United States each year - about one baby for every 1,000 live births. It strikes families of all races, ethnic and socioeconomic origins without warning; neither parent nor physician can predict that something is going wrong. In fact, most SIDS victims appear healthy prior to death.
The death of a child is probably the most traumatic event any parent can experience. This tragedy is made worse if the child dies in its sleep, apparently for no reason. SIDS inevitably strikes horror into parentsí hearts; it usually happens at night and occurs in complete silenceóthere is no fight for life or breath to warn parents that something is horribly wrong. Indeed, infants who have died of SIDS look rather peaceful, which makes it even worse for parents who wake up in the morning to find their child dead.
SIDS is not only a traumatic and devastating event for parents and medical examiners, it is also a cause of death that continues to thwart the efforts of scientists and physicians to prevent it, or at least to identify those children who are at risk.
|What Causes SIDS?
While there are still no adequate medical explanations for SIDS deaths, current theories include: (1) stress in a normal baby, caused by infection or other factors; (2) a birth defect; (3) failure to develop; and/or (4) a critical period when all babies are especially vulnerable, such as a time of rapid growth.
Many new studies have been launched to learn how and why SIDS occurs. Scientists are exploring the development and function of the nervous system, the brain, the heart, breathing and sleep patterns, body chemical balances, autopsy findings, and environmental factors. It is likely that SIDS, like many other medical disorders, will eventially have more than one explanation.
10 Tips To Safe Sleeping
1. Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night. The back sleep position is the safest, and every sleep time counts.
2. Place your baby on a firm sleep surface, such as on a safety-approved crib mattress, covered by a fitted sheet. Never place your baby to sleep on pillows, quilts, sheepskins, or other soft surfaces.
3. Keep soft objects, toys, and loose bedding out of your babyís sleep area. Donít use pillows, blankets, quilts, sheepskins, or pillow-like crib bumpers in your babyís sleep area, and keep all objects away from your babyís face.
4. Do not allow smoking around your baby. Donít smoke before or after the birth of your baby, and donít let others smoke around your baby.
5. Keep your babyís sleep area close to, but separate from, where you and others sleep. Your baby should not sleep in a bed or on a couch or armchair with adults or other children, but he or she can sleep in the same room as you. If you bring your baby into bed with you to breastfeed, put him or her back in a separate sleep area, such as a bassinet, crib, cradle, or a bedside cosleeper (infant bed that attaches to an adult bed) when finished.
6. Think about using a clean, dry pacifier when placing the infant down to sleep, but donít force the baby to take it. (If you are breastfeeding your baby, wait until your child is 1 month old or is used to breastfeeding before using a pacifier.)
7. Do not let your baby overheat during sleep. Dress your baby in light sleep clothing, and keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult.
8. Avoid products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS because most have not been tested for effectiveness or safety.
9. Do not use home monitors to reduce the risk of SIDS. If you have questions about using monitors for other conditions talk to your health care provider.
10. Reduce the chance that flat spots will develop on your babyís head: provide "Tummy Time" when your baby
is awake and someone is watching; change the direction that your baby lies in the crib from one week to the next; and avoid too much time in car seats, carriers, and bouncers.