GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Health care professionals in south Mississippi are learning about the latest research on how to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in babies. National speaker Debra Howe will address a doctors, nurses, and pediatric staff Friday during a training workshop at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, has puzzled doctors and families for decades. But doctors soon realized that a baby's position while sleeping affects the risk for SIDS. That's when national awareness campaigns started sprouting to persuade parents to place babies to sleep on their backs.
Recent research, though, provides strong evidence for a biological cause of SIDS. Studies now are showing one risk factor of babies who die of SIDS have less serotonin in their brains, as well as the enzyme needed to make serotonin. Genetic variations may be partly responsible.
Doctors say to help reduce the risk of SIDS for the first year, babies should sleep on their backs in a crib with a firm mattress, and without toys, soft pillows, excessive blanketing or excessive clothing.
Parents wanting to learn more can call SIDS alliance organization, First Candle, at 1 (800) 221-7437.
Health care professionals wanting to learn more about Friday's training workshop should call Romeatrius Moss at (228) 234-8918.
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