If you are a parent you surely remember those nights where you laid in bed looking at your newborn just to make sure he/she was still breathing. We hear a lot about babies dying in those first few months from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS. It's a scary thought because most of the time doctors don't know why it happened. This new research could hold some clues, but it doesn't tell us what we can do to prevent it besides put the baby to sleep on his back and don't smoke.
Could a common bacterial infection be the cause of some unexplained sudden infant deaths? New research from Australia finds that perhaps 1 in 10 cases of SIDS - otherwise known as "crib death" - is actually due to harmful bacteria in the baby's system.
Around 2,500 infants in the U.S. die without warning each year and their deaths remain largely unexplained - classified as sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. Doctors in Australia compared autopsy results from babies who died of SIDS and those who died of other causes. Not surprisingly, they discovered that many infants who died of infection had evidence of bacteria in their systems - but they also found that 1 in 10 SIDS babies tested positive for bacteria.