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Question: H-pylori and SIDS

 jerlegg - Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:05 pm

My wife and recently had a baby. He is 1 week old and I have been reading up alot of SIDS. I found several articles where they are trying to link H-pylori bacteria to SIDS. I had h-pylori bacteria about 6 years ago and took antibiotics to rid it. I never went back to check to see if it was rid from my body. Does h-pylori have any connections with SIDS??? If I still have it then am I putting my baby at risk????
 Debbie Miller, RN - Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:34 pm

User avatar Hello,
No, you are not at any increased risk because of your history of H-pylori. This theory has been mostly disproven by the medical community on further analysis.

In our hopes for a cause and cure for SIDS, we examine all kinds of factors, but this has not proven to be a likely contributing factor.

The most important things you can do to prevent SIDS is make sure your baby sleeps on his back without fluffy bedding, toys and pillows until he gets older. Use a firm, flat mattress and dress the baby in appropriate clothing to keep him warm but not overheated. Sleep sacks are good which keep the baby's body covered without him getting trapped in heavy blankets. Also, nobody around the baby should ever smoke any tobacco products as second hand smoke is another known risk factor for SIDS.

Tummy time is important for proper head and neck development so plan some play time when the baby is awake, especially as he gets a little older. This will encourage his neck muscles to develop as he tries to pull his head up off the surface. Babies kept too much on their backs, without break, and in carseats, swings, etc. tend to get flat heads so changing position is important when the baby is awake and hold your baby rather than keeping him always in some kind of chair or carrier.

Enjoy your baby!

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