The relationship between prematurity and SIDS

The relationship between prematurity and SIDS
Prematurity, or being born before 37 weeks of gestation, is a risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as crib death. 
SIDS is the sudden and unexpected death of an infant under one year of age, which cannot be explained after a thorough investigation.

Infants born prematurely are more vulnerable to health problems and are at increased risk of death in the first year of life compared to infants born at full term. 

Several studies have found that premature infants are at increased risk of SIDS compared to infants born at full term.

 The risk of SIDS is higher for infants born at very low gestational ages (less than 32 weeks) and for infants with low birth weight.

The exact mechanism by which prematurity increases the risk of SIDS is not fully understood, but it is thought that prematurity may affect the development and function of the brain and respiratory system, making the infant more vulnerable to SIDS. 

In addition, premature infants may be more prone to sleep problems and may have a harder time arousing from sleep or responding to challenges to their breathing.

It is important for pregnant women to receive adequate prenatal care in order to optimize the growth and development of their unborn child and reduce the risk of prematurity and other serious health problems.

 If you are pregnant and concerned about the health and well-being of your unborn child, it is important to discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider.

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