Positional Asphyxiation – the Silent Killer for babies

The word asphyxia originates from Ancient greek language word ?- “without” and sphyxis, “heartbeat”. Asphyxiation is a condition of severe deficient of oxygen to the brain and the entire body as a result of abnormal breathing. There are lots of causes for asphyxia, as an example, choking. Positional asphyxiation can be a postural cause (body position) that forestalls them from breathing normally.
Positional Asphyxiation in newborns
At early on (1-4months), a baby’s head is so heavy the neck isn’t fully sufficiently strong enough yet to aid it. When the head resting with his/her chin around the chest too much, the airway is kinked (in other words, blocked). It doesn’t matter which direction your baby’s head bends, it can still happen. However, it also doesn’t mean that babies above 4 months or babies that will lift their head, aren’t in danger.

Where can Positional Asphyxiation happen?
Infant carseats
Incorrectly used or ill-designed baby carriers
Baby crib and playpen
potentially others…
Let’s learn from Ali and Derek for the tragedy that happened in the baby child car seat.
The same sometimes happens on strollers and swings. Just, never leave your babies unattended. It is just not worth it. Positional Asphyxiation may take a baby’s life in as little as 2-5 minutes. The silent part is always that, often baby won’t create a sound.
In playpen (baby’s playing ground) and crib, parents would want to be familiar with their older babies who are able to carry over and sleep on their stomach. The protection isn’t just on fencing the child in an expensive crib.
In fact, you will find mounting researches that some babies with lower serotonin levels not have the ability to react to stressed situation. This can either be a congenital (developed during pregnancy) or genetics condition. It can make a baby with muscle capacity to support their own head, to fall asleep through the lack of oxygen and die from this. Parents have to be aware if babies are resting on fiber-filled mattresses.
In fact, you can find recommendations to utilize permeable mattress for babies to rest on and, even debate on co-sleeping with parents!
Highest risk group for positional asphyxiation
Under 4 months old
Low birth-weight newborns
Hypotonia babies (low muscle)
Premature babies
Babies put into reclined baby holding devices
You will find signs and items to avoid to prevent positional asphyxiation, or sometimes related to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
“Positional asphyxiation” is really a term not often heard and also to show exactly how “unknown” this issue is, the victim parent in the video above, Ali remarked that the original report failed to include their son Shepard’s death. Spread the notice, because of it matters.
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