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Researchers have made a world breakthrough in the fight against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome with a find that may have already saved one life. A University of Adelaide study of medical data collected from deceased children could now help spare countless families the heartbreak of SIDS, which kills dozens of babies without warning every year.
Chemical clues in the brains of SIDS victims now indicate a link to breathing problems, Adelaidenow.com.au reported. The researchers have identified a link between SIDS and breathing problems, finding that telltale signs in the brains of babies who died of SIDS are remarkably similar to those of children who died of accidental asphyxiation. (Read: Pregnancy after 30 dangerous for mother and baby!)
The clue they have discovered may have already saved one child, whose sibling was a SIDS victim. The clue pointing to possible breathing irregularities in the victim led to doctors identifying sleep apnoea in the sibling, leading to precautions to avoid a repeat of the tragedy. The results are published in the journal Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology. (Read: How do I make sure my baby is doing fine and is healthy?)
What is sudden infant death syndrome?
Sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS is a phenomenon where a baby younger than one year , otherwise healthy, dies due to unexplained circumstances, usually during his/her sleep. What makes this an even more shocking condition is, that the cause of the child's death remains unknown after through medical examination, including an autopsy.
The reason for this is still unknown, but in a recent study, researchers have claimed that babies dying from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) have a brain stem (located at the skull's base and connects the brain to the spinal cord) abnormality that drastically decreases the amount of oxygen the baby's brain gets. This reduces the ability of the brain to respond to certain stimuli in the environment, like waking up from sleep when they are unable to breathe. Apart from this, doctors also believe that certain environments are detrimental to the health of babies who are very young. (Read: What is sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)?)
With inputs from ANI
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