Cot Deaths in Infants are Caused due to Parental Smoking

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS or cot death), as the name suggests, is a term that is used when a baby’s death cannot be explained even after thorough medical examination.

About Parental Smoking :

Many studies show that parental smoking during pregnancy is estimated to double the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in infants, though many other factors are also responsible for the same death. A Parental smoking 10 or more cigarettes per day seems to raise the risk of SIDS by 70 percent.

Prenatal and postnatal smoking, smoking during breastfeeding, constant exposure of infants to passive smoking before or after birth increases the risk of SIDS. The greater the exposure, the higher the risk.

The study by Bristol University’s Institute of Child Life and Health says that nine out of ten mothers whose babies died of SIDS had smoked during pregnancy. It also reports that women who smoke during pregnancy are four times more likely than non-smokers to see their child fall prey to cot death.

The study, co-authored by professor of infant health and developmental physiology Peter Fleming and senior research fellow Dr Peter Blair, is based on analysis of the evidence of 21 international studies on smoking and SIDS deaths.

Prof Fleming said that the report, entitled “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Parental Smoking”, calls for an “emphasis on the adverse effects of tobacco smoke exposure to infants and amongst pregnant women.

Dr. Blair said, If smoking is a cause of SIDS, as the evidence suggests it is, we think that if all parents stopped smoking tomorrow more than 60 per cent of SIDS deaths would be prevented.
Prevent your kid from this type of sudden death before it reaches its first year. The entire responsibility lies on you. Do avoid any prenatal, postnatal smoking and save your lovely being from passive smoking.