Researchers may have identified the cause behind Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, most often referred to as SIDS. This medical breakthrough within SIDS research will provide more knowledge to new parents. Therefore offering more than the common suggestions of putting baby to sleep on his back with no loose fabric around.
The Newest SIDS Research
A recent study published by Australia’s Sydney University found that babies who died of SIDS had lower levels of the enzyme butyrylcholinesterase (BChE). This enzyme plays a major role in the brain’s arousal pathway.
Babies are usually born with very powerful arousal mechanisms which let us know when they are not happy. This is the first study to identify a measurable biochemical marker. As a result, it could lead to the development of a much needed blood test to identify at-risk newborns. This discovery should ease the guilt some parents feel after a child’s seemingly unexplainable death. However, we still need more research about the brain’s arousal pathways. Let’s hope that this new research is the beginning of eliminating infant deaths caused by SIDS. What if a simple blood test could save lives?
The American Academy of Pediatrics continues to recommend placing infants on their backs to sleep and that cribs should be decluttered to minimize the risk of suffocation.
About The Author
Carole Kramer-Arsenault is the founder and CEO of Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny. She is an RN with years of experiences in obstetrics, maternal child health, and parent education. In addition, she is an experienced Sleep Coach and Lactation Consultant. Carole is a proud mother to three grown children and the award-winning author of the Baby Nurse Bible and Newborn 101.