2-month-old baby suddenly dies while sleeping with mother

HanoiThe baby girl is breastfed by her mother in a lying position and then sleeps on her mother’s chest; Nearly two hours later, the mother woke up to find that the baby was completely pale, not breathing.

Doctors at the National Children’s Hospital on January 15 informed that the family took the child to the emergency room in a state of stopped breathing, cardiac arrest, and hypothermia. The baby received intensive cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but did not survive. This is called sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Doctor Pham Thi Thanh Tam (Deputy Head of Emergency and Poison Control) said that sudden death syndrome in children is a sudden, unpredictable death. SIDS is common in children 2-4 months of age, most of which occur when the child is sleeping without any warning signs, causing sudden infant death and becoming a great obsession for many families.

Sudden death in infants and young children due to many causes, such as severe defects in the respiratory and cardiovascular systems or incomplete brain control of breathing, compressed airways during sleep in the prone position, on the side, on the stomach. In addition, sleeping on a bed with too many items or a soft bed, sleeping with parents can also be the cause of sudden death in children. Hyperthermia due to too hot room temperature or wrapping too many clothes, large blankets, deep sleep leads to loss of control of breathing. Many deaths have no clear cause.

Sudden death syndrome is more common in boys than girls. Risk factors include: premature birth, low birth weight, growth retardation, prone sleeping position, absence of a pacifier; the mother is younger than 20 years old, uses drugs, smokes during pregnancy and postpartum; short intervals between pregnancies; children sharing a bed with their parents or caregivers; siblings suddenly died; the ambient temperature is too low or too high; mattress, crib, unsafe pillow, water mattress, soft bed.

Sudden death in young children is a sleep-related problem, so families need to raise their vigilance and create a safe environment for their child’s sleep. Specifically, let the child sleep on his back; regularly observe the child; use a pacifier for babies under one year old to help open the airways; to the right room temperature, ventilate the clothes. In addition, do not cover the child’s head; place your baby on a mattress that is less prone to sunkenness; Do not use pillows, stuffed toys, fluffy or too large blankets in the baby’s crib/bed area. Infants and children under 6 months of age need to sleep in a crib, separate bed, next to the bed of the caregiver. Do not use extra pads in the crib.

Thuy Quynh