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Positional Asphyxiation - the Silent Killer for babies,

16 '17 Subject: KjerParrott7321, Viewed by: 77




The term asphyxia comes from Ancient greek language word ?- “without” and sphyxis, “heartbeat”. Asphyxiation can be a condition of severe deficient of oxygen to the brain and the body because of abnormal breathing. There are many causes for asphyxia, as an example, choking. Positional asphyxiation can be a postural cause (body position) that stops them from breathing normally.

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Positional Asphyxiation in newborns

At early stage (1-4months), a baby’s head is really heavy that the neck isn’t fully strong enough yet to support it. If the head resting with his/her chin on the chest too much, the airway is kinked (put simply, blocked). It doesn’t matter how your baby’s head bends, it may still happen. However, it also doesn’t imply that babies above 4 months or babies that can lift their head, 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 learn from Ali and Derek for that tragedy that happened inside a baby carseat.


The identical sometimes happens on strollers and swings. Just, never leave your babies unattended. It is just not worthwhile. Positional Asphyxiation can take a baby’s life within 2-5 minutes. The silent part is that, often baby won't make a sound.

In playpen (baby’s playing ground) and crib, parents would want to be aware of their older babies who are able to rollover and sleep on the stomach. The security isn't just on fencing the kid within an expensive crib.

Actually, there are mounting researches that some babies with lower serotonin levels lack the capacity to react to stressed situation. This may be either a congenital (developed during pregnancy) or genetics condition. It can make a good baby with muscle capability to support their own head, to sleep all the way through the possible lack of oxygen and die from this. Parents just have to bear in mind if babies are resting on fiber-filled mattresses.

Actually, you can find recommendations to utilize 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 tone of muscle)
Premature babies
Babies put in reclined baby holding devices
You will find signs and what to avoid to avoid positional asphyxiation, or sometimes related to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

“Positional asphyxiation” is a term not often heard also to show exactly how “unknown” this matter is, the victim parent in the video above, Ali remarked that the original report did not include their son Shepard’s death. Spread the notice, for this matters.
To get more information about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) see this useful site
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