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Positional Asphyxiation - the Silent Killer for babies





The word asphyxia arises from Ancient greek language word ?- “without” and sphyxis, “heartbeat”. Asphyxiation is really a condition of severe deficient of oxygen for the brain and the body because of abnormal breathing. There are many causes for asphyxia, for example, choking. Positional asphyxiation is really a postural cause (body position) that prevents them from breathing normally.

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Positional Asphyxiation in newborns

At initial phase (1-4months), a baby’s head is really heavy that the neck isn’t fully sufficiently strong yet to aid it. When the head resting with his/her chin around the chest too much, the airway is kinked (quite simply, blocked). It doesn’t matter which direction your baby’s head bends, it may still happen. However, in addition, it doesn’t imply that babies above 4 months or babies that are able to lift their scalp, aren't in danger.

Where can Positional Asphyxiation happen?

Infant child car seats
Swings
Strollers
Incorrectly used or ill-designed baby carriers
Crib and playpen
potentially others…


Let’s study from Ali and Derek for your tragedy that happened in a baby carseat.


The same sometimes happens on strollers and swings. Just, never leave your babies unattended. It is just not worth it. Positional Asphyxiation will take a baby’s life after as little as 2-5 minutes. The silent part is that, often baby is not going to produce a sound.

In playpen (baby’s playing ground) and crib, parents will want to be aware of their older babies who are able to rollover and sleep on the stomach. The security isn't only on fencing the little one in a expensive crib.

Actually, there are mounting researches that some babies with lower serotonin levels don't have the ability to react to stressed situation. This can either be a congenital (developed during pregnancy) or genetics condition. It can make even a baby with muscle capacity to support his or her own head, to fall asleep all the way through the possible lack of oxygen and die from this. Parents have to remember if babies are using fiber-filled mattresses.

Actually, you can find recommendations to use permeable mattress for babies to fall asleep on and, even debate on co-sleeping with parents!

Highest risk group for positional asphyxiation

Under 4 months old
Low birth-weight newborns
Hypotonia babies (low muscle tone)
Premature babies
Babies put in reclined baby holding devices
There are signs and what to avoid to stop positional asphyxiation, or sometimes associated with SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

“Positional asphyxiation” can be a term seldom heard and also to show precisely how “unknown” this matter is, the victim parent in the video above, Ali remarked that the original report didn't include their son Shepard’s death. Spread the notice, for this matters.
More details about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) you can check our new web portal: this site
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