Infants Living Above 8,000 Feet At High Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

infants and risk of SIDS

A latest medical research reveals that infants living in high altitude are most likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Sudden infant syndrome is one of the leading causes of death among infants. The syndrome is commonly known as cot death. Up till now, health experts have failed to identify symptoms of SIDS. They believe that it is an unpredictable and unpreventable condition. However, some of its risk factors are smoking, poor paternal care, excessive sleepwear and stomach sleeping

The recent study from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 2,500 infants die due to SIDS in America.

The group of researchers closely looked at birth and death certificates of Colorado.  Data from 2007-2012 was included in the study. Surprisingly, researchers observed that SIDS rate is nearly double in tall mountains as compared to the low regions.

The outcome of the study shows that infants living above 8,000 feet are at high risk of SIDS. The less oxygen in the air of high altitudes is the chief cause behind it. Such kind of atmosphere radically reduces the oxygen level in infants.

Dr. David Katz, a cardiologist at the University of Colorado Denver, states that residents of high altitudes should not panic after the research

The study printed in recent edition of Journal Pediatrics.

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