“My Healthy 8-Month-Old Baby Didn’t Wake Up One Day”: What Moms Need To Know About SIDS

Date April 15, 2019 13:50

We have already written about the terrible event that happened in the Johnson family – their healthy 8-month-old baby didn’t wake up one day. And recently there have appeared new details to this story and a very unusual photo session.

Kyrstyn Johnson likes being a mother.

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In October 2015, she gave birth to sweet twin girls.

Since the babies were born prematurely, the doctors warned the young mother about a high risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), but fortunately, they were fine.

The following year, Kyrstyn had a son, Mayson.

Just a few days before the baby turned 8 months old, he stopped breathing and died in his sleep. The child had been completely healthy, just fell asleep and did not wake up. It was devastating!

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The lives of Kyrstyn and her husband will never be the same. There was no limit to the family’s grief.

An important event

On Mayson’s first birthday, which he was not destined to celebrate, the inconsolable mother decided to do something special to honor her son's memory.

She called on a photographer and took some very touching photos.

Now, Kyrstyn’s family plans to do something like this every year in memory of their little boy.

What is sudden infant death syndrome?

SIDS is the unexpected death of a physically healthy child under the age of 1 during sleep.

In 2015, in the United States alone, 1,600 children died from SIDS and 900 because of accidental suffocation in bed.

– writes renowned pediatrician, Dr. Komarovsky.

Doctors still don’t know what exactly causes this deadly condition.

Every year, about 3,500 infants die from sleep-related deaths. 90% of cases occur before an infant turns 6 months of age, with peak incidence between 1 and 4 months.

– reports the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Is it possible to prevent SIDS? Here are some tips from pediatricians:

  1. Put the child to sleep only on the back.
  2. Avoid using too soft beddings. There shouldn’t be anything extra in the crib: only a hard mattress, a sheet, and a blanket (in winter).
  3. Infants under 1 year old should preferably sleep in the same room with the parents but not in the same bed! This measure reduces the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%.
  4. When it is too hot, sudden infant death syndrome occurs more often. Maintain the optimum temperature and humidity conditions in the room where the infant sleeps.
  5. Remember that smoking during pregnancy and/or exposing the baby to tobacco smoke increases the risk of SIDS severalfold!

With her story, Kyrstyn wants to draw public attention to SIDS. Her openness reminds us how precious every life is and how important it is to support each other.

Please share this useful information with your friends. Perhaps this will help save the life of a baby!

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