Saturday, September 3, 2011

Low Weight Babies Are At Risk at Sudden Death

Parents who have babies with below normal weight is important to get more information about the risk of sudden infant death in a bed or cot death. According to a recent study, babies born weighing less than 2.5 kg, five times greater risk of experiencing sudden death compared with infants of normal weight.

Institute that examines the causes of infant deaths in the UK (FSID) noted, there are approximately 316 babies die suddenly in England in 2009. The amount is gradually decreased by more than 70 percent, since the parents began to follow the advice that risk reduction. But in recent years, there were 300 babies die suddenly each year.

“Keep in mind that parents who smoke may increase risk of sudden death. But babies who born with low weight is also a very vulnerable group, especially in the first month of life. So it is very important that parents are given information about how to reduce their risk of infant death," says Francine Bates, chief executive of The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID).

He added, "low birth weight babies are not always caused by the habits of parents who smoke during pregnancy, due to many factors. All mothers whose babies were born under the weight of 2.5 pounds should follow the recommendations, especially if their babies sleep in separate places, or a room with them, during the first six months. "

Based on recent data in England and Wales in 2009, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found, there were 279 cases of sudden infant death that can not be explained, with a death rate 0.4 per 1,000 live births.

In the report are known, several risk factors associated with sudden death in infants in whom, sex (men are more at risk), low birth weight babies, single parents (single parent), and teen pregnancy.

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