What Is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?
SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) occurs in infants and toddlers and most often what happens is that a child is asleep in its crib and for some strange reason, he or she just dies. Just like that.
North American doctors have had no explanation for this occurrence for years and continue to this day to tell parents that there is next to nothing that can be done to fully prevent it.
While there are some medical conditions that occur in children and babies that you cannot do much of anything to prepare for, what you get told by health professionals might not be all there is to it. It happens to some of the best parents in the world, but they are continually told that there is nothing that they can do to stop it. They are told that the medical community has no answer. They are at the mercy of it.
However, an answer to the cause of it might lie just on the other side of the world in New Zealand.
SIDS Can Be Caused By Your Baby's Hand-Me-Down Mattress
A study that has been done in New Zealand says that the reason SIDS occurs is because of the chemicals being put into our mattresses (including baby mattresses) to make them flame retardant. These chemicals include arsenic, antimony, and phosphorus and all three are poisonous to human beings.
However, this by itself is not what causes SIDS. It sometimes occurs when mold, particularly Scopulariopsis brevicaulis, makes its way into one of these flame retardant mattresses (and you never know which mattresses contain which chemicals, there are no labeling laws), it eats the mattress material. When it begins to digest this material, the mold releases toxic gases back into the air and when you have your baby sleep on this mattress (especially on its stomach), it inhales these gases and dies.
What Steps Can I Take To Prevent SIDS?
There are many things that you can do to reduce the risk of SIDS in your baby.
- Have your baby sleep on their back instead of their side or stomach
- Never use a secondhand crib mattress for your baby to sleep on
- Always use a Crib Mattress Protector
- Use a fan in your baby's room
- Use a pacifier at night
- Use a sleep sack instead of a blanket
- Don't co-sleep
- Keep the room around 68°F