Why Preemies Have a Higher SIDS Risk
A new study tries to explain why preemies are more vulnerable to SIDS. According to USA Today, researchers in Australia monitored 25 preemies (born at 28-32 weeks) and 31 infants (born 38 to 42 weeks) while they slept. The baroreflex, which regulates blood pressure, in premature babies was not as developed as babies who were born full-term. If there’s a quick change in blood pressure, the baby’s body may not react quickly enough. If babies with a matured baroreflex have a blood pressure drop, their heart and blood vessels will work to maintain a normal blood pressure -- same goes for if their blood pressure is too high.
There is no way to make the baroreflex develop faster, but parents can prevent SIDS by always making sure baby sleeps on his back, keep stuffed animals, pillows and blankets out of the crib and creating a smoke-free environment for the baby.
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