• Vinther Romero posted an update 1 year, 2 months ago

    The word asphyxia originates from Language of ancient greece word ?- “without” and sphyxis, “heartbeat”. Asphyxiation can be a condition of severe deficient of oxygen to the brain and body because of abnormal breathing. There are lots of causes for asphyxia, as an example, choking. Positional asphyxiation can be a postural cause (body position) that prevents them from breathing normally.

    Positional Asphyxiation in newborns

    At early stage (1-4months), a baby’s head is so heavy the neck isn’t fully sufficiently strong yet to guide it. Once the head resting with his/her chin on the chest a lot of, the airway is kinked (in other words, blocked). It doesn’t matter which direction your baby’s head bends, it may still happen. However, in addition, it doesn’t mean that babies above 4 months or babies that are able to lift their head, are not at an increased risk.

    Where can Positional Asphyxiation happen?

    Infant car seats
    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 car seat.

    The same can happen on strollers and swings. Just, never leave your babies unattended. It’s just not worth it. Positional Asphyxiation may take a baby’s life in as little as 2-5 minutes. The silent part is the fact that, often baby won’t create a sound.

    In playpen (baby’s playing ground) and crib, parents may wish to be familiar with their older babies who are able to carry over and sleep on their stomach. The security isn’t only on fencing the child in a expensive crib.

    Actually, you can find mounting researches that some babies with lower serotonin levels lack the ability to respond to stressed situation. This could either be a congenital (developed in pregnancy) or genetics condition. It makes a good baby with muscle capability to support their own head, to fall asleep right through having less oxygen and die from this. Parents have to be aware if babies are resting on fiber-filled mattresses.

    In fact, there are recommendations to use permeable mattress for babies to sleep 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 a term not often heard and also to show exactly how “unknown” this problem is, the victim parent in the video above, Ali remarked that the initial report failed to include their son Shepard’s death. Spread the notice, for it matters.
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