Fan Prevents SIDS

Posted by: , October 1, 2008 in 11:02 am



The findings  of a recent study,specifically concluded that babys sleeping in rooms with fans, were 72% less likely to incur the syndrome.  The ARCHIVES OF PEDIATRIC AND ADOLESCENT MEDICINE, conducted the research among 497 women, 185 of which, suffered the loss of their child to SIDS.

Doctors can only speculate at this time as to why a fan provides some postive results.


One explanation offered focuses on the improved circulation in the room, which in turn, prevents the child from breathing in carbon dioxide that they exhaled while sleeping.(The carbon dioxide is dangerous since it can accumulate in the area between the baby’s face and the mattress) According to De-Kun-Li, one of the study’s authors, the above situation is problematic, simply because the baby’s neck muscles are weak and thus they may not possess the strength to move their heads in search of fresh air.( Pacifiers have been found to offer some protection, due to the fact that it prevents the baby’s face from being pressed flat on the mattress).


 Marian Willinger of The NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH, says that while the research is interesting, it still needs further study. She feels, at the present time, setting babies on their backs when they go to sleep is still the best known preventative action.


Some people suggest that placing sensors under the mattress which signals an alarm if breathing stops is something to be considered.  Alternatively, some offer a natural methodology. They say just put your children next to you when sleeping. While in this country such a practice is frowned upon, many countries find this action commonplace and highly acceptable.


Ways To Reduce Sids:


  1. Always put babies to sleep on their backs.
  2. Never smoke around a baby.
  3. Keep stuffed animals and loose bedding, like blankets and pillows out of the crib.
  4. Don’t use a bumper in the crib. But if you do, use one that is firm and thus will no adhere to the baby’s face.
  5. Give the baby a pacifier, as long as the baby is older than 2 weeks and is already breastfeeding.

source: Ed Martin, Kaiser Permanente; “PEDIATRICS”


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