Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: when there is not enough air, hormones and … happiness27.07.2022
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: a diagnosis without a diagnosis?
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, abbreviated as SIDS, (international name Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, SIDS) still belongs, alas, to the category of medical mysteries. The only thing that is transparent here is the statistics. And it is ominous: in America alone (the country where the study of sudden infant death syndrome is given the most attention), about 4,000 babies die every year for absolutely no reason.
In other words, these kids do not find any mechanical, toxic or any other abnormalities or injuries, not to mention any obvious diseases. 82% of these kids die right in their sleep: they just stop breathing, their heart stops moving.
What unites these babies and on what grounds is the cause of death attributed to them – sudden death syndrome? In medicine, there is such a thing as a diagnosis of exclusion – it is assigned in a situation where no other explanation can be applied. So, the diagnosis of “sudden death syndrome” is a classic example of a diagnosis of exclusion. It is put as the main and only cause of death of infants aged 1 to 12 months, for whom no diseases were observed, proper care and attention was carried out, and with which no accidents occurred.
The processes that lead to the death of infants are a sudden, inexplicable stoppage of cardiac and respiratory activity.
If it makes it easier for you, you can dress the dull medical concept of uncaused infant death in any “human” phrases: these children just leave; barely having time to be born, for some unknown reason, they “hurry up” to go back … And there are no intelligible explanations for this phenomenon today.