Families affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) have come out about their experiences, with new research indicating that scientists are on the cusp of uncovering a reason.
SIDS is described as the unexpected and unexplainable death of a child under one year. Because the condition happens when the infant is sleeping, it is frequently referred to as “crib death” or “cot death.”
According to the National Institute of Health, SIDS is the leading cause of death among newborns aged one month to one year, with the vast majority of fatalities happening before six months. Each year, around 3,400 occurrences of sudden unexpected infant death (SIDS) occur in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
By definition, SIDS has an unknown cause. The scenario might be unpleasant for grieving parents who are left with no explanations.
Although various explanations have been uncovered, some evidence shows that SIDS victims have a brain abnormality that affects nerve cells that govern vital activities like breathing and heart rate.
Butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) is a chemical whose activity was significantly lower in neonates who died of SIDS than living infants or those who died of other causes.
The finding might allow physicians to spot infants at risk of SIDS before they die, enabling further research into prevention.
Several Twitter users shared their tales of losing loved ones or newborns to SIDS in response to the news.
Kathykiscool said that she lost her first kid in utero due to SIDS at 38 weeks and that “the tech sobbed while finishing the scan.”
“Even though my SIDS occurred in 1991, the feeling and anguish remain,” she told Newsweek.
She claimed she “never truly got answers” when her child died of SIDS at 19 years old. “I am grateful that people are attempting to figure out what causes SIDS,” she added.
Getvalentined said that her mother died of SIDS more than 50 years ago and that her family “never recovered.” “The breakthrough will surely help rescue a lot of infants,” she told Newsweek, “but I don’t believe people know how many families it will save as well.”
Over 50 years ago, my mother lost a baby sister to SIDS. Her family never healed, and what her parents did to cope still haunts her. I hope that this revelation means that no other family will have to go through what she experienced. — valentine/nashi
Chimmy419, another user, spoke about her brother’s death over 40 years ago and its impact on her mother. “I’m delighted there are finally some answers,” she told Newsweek. I’ve seen my mother go through a lot of heartbreak. When I had my children, I was terrified about SIDS. My cousin’s kid died of SIDS last year, and I just saw it devastate her again.”
Believefaeries remembered her daughter’s death, Melanie, due to SIDS 33 years ago, barely seven weeks after she was born. “I was astonished since you don’t hear of anyone talking about SIDS,” she told Newsweek. The researchers’ tears began to pour as they realized they were coming closer to solving the enigma. I am overjoyed!”
According to a recent SIDS study published in the journal biomedicine on May 6, “butyrylcholinesterase is a possible biomarker for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.”