Cot death - What is cot death and can it be prevented?

Maybe I'm a scary dog, but I've just started to look back at Samuel (8 weeks). I did not hear anything anymore via the baby monitor, not even a sigh, cough or little finger. I am like the death that he accidentally turns on his stomach and that his neck is not strong enough to hold his head up and then suffocates.

Brrrr ... I prefer to walk up the stairs 100 times too often than I ... bah, I do not have to think about it!

What is cot death?

Cot death is not a cause of death, but a collective term for child mortality in the cradle. It describes the death of a baby between 3 weeks and 1 year of age whose cause is unknown and whose cause can not be ascertained with the help of examinations. The limit of the age of one year is up for discussion. The age limit of two years is increasingly being used.
Many scientists suspect that it is an insufficiently developed function of breathing in the brain. When a baby does not get enough oxygen, because it stops breathing briefly or breathes too slowly, the brain is not activated enough. If a baby had a functioning brain function, the brain would give a signal at these times, causing him / her to breathe faster or again. It is also possible that when this brain function is insufficiently developed, the brain does not send an incentive when the child is lying on the stomach and should turn and take a deep breath. Because of this the chances are that the child suffocates.
There are thousands of theories about causes of cot death, but in fact it is only a short term for infant mortality without a clear, demonstrable cause.


Essential research is difficult and costly. Since research on living babies has limits, science is primarily dependent on children who die under the heading of cot death. Research in these cases has already yielded a few things. Step by step, scientific knowledge about the causes of cot death is growing. In a large number of cases, these causes must be sought in the condition of the child during pregnancy. Research has already shown that smoking, deficient nutrition, alcohol, medicine and drug use, stress and overweight are factors that have lasting or temporary effects on the unborn child during pregnancy.

Cot death in the Netherlands

Fortunately, the number of victims of cot death is falling slightly each year. Similarly in 2011, it was about 15 babies on a number of 180,000 live births in the ages of 1 week to 1 year. For example, in 2010 there were still 17 babies. Since the beginning of this century, the number of deaths from cot death has remained stable below 20 per year, with a peak in 2006. In that year there were only 11 deaths in this category, according to statistics from Statistics Netherlands.

Prevent cot death

You can not influence some risk factors, such as preterm birth, too low birth weight or, for example, a brother or sister who has died from cot death. Cot death can not be prevented, but there are a number of tips to reduce the risk of cot death:

Supine position

It is best to put your baby on the back immediately after birth when it goes to sleep. It is the safest sleeping position. In the case of a prone position, there is an increased risk of cot death, because breathing can be impeded because they can not turn around and stitch their face in the mattress. If your child is about 3 months old, it is able to turn back to the abdomen. A sleeping bag or an anti-roll pillow can prevent your child from turning around. You can of course put your child on the stomach when it is awake. This way it trains its neck, back and arm muscles well.

Not in bed with you

Do not let your baby sleep between you in bed, just put it to sleep in the cradle. The soft mattresses, duvet and pillows are at an increased risk of cot death. The child can get too hot, gets stifled with the face under one of the pillows or gets stuck between the mattresses. Moreover, there is a chance that you unconsciously roll on your little one in your sleep.

Sleep environment

Provide a clean and fresh sleeping environment, where it is neither too hot nor too cold for your child. The ideal room temperature for a newborn (up to 8 weeks) is a maximum of 20 ° C and then 18 ° C is the maximum. Do not place the bed or the cradle next to a heat source and air the bedroom between the sleeping moments for sufficient fresh air.

Safe bed

Provide a safe bed or crib. Use a firm mattress in this, so not one where your child slips and make sure the mattress is breathable and moisture permeable or use a mattress protector. This molton absorbs perspiration moisture and thereby removes the heat.
Do not use synthetic and natural duvets until your child is 1 year old. These can suffocate when it falls over the head. A blanket with a blanket or a custom sleeping bag is just fine.
Do not fill the bed with cuddly toys and pillows. If your child is asleep well with the help of a hug, that is not a problem of course. You could remove the hug when it is asleep.

To smoke

Smoking is one of the most important risk factors for cot death, as is smoking during pregnancy. The 'passive smoking' increases the risk. The more people smoke in the family, the higher the risk.


Little is known about the why, but research shows that if you breastfeed for at least 3 months, your child will reduce the risk of cot death.

Angelcare or Nanny Care

If you want to reassure yourself and want to be sure that your child is doing well while it is asleep, you can also choose to purchase an Angelcare. Angelcare is a kind of baby monitor with many functions. There are angelcares with built-in camera, so you can watch in the cradle. A call-back function so that you can remotely hum your lullabies and has a handy temperature sensor that allows you to keep an eye on the temperature of the bed. There is also the Nanny Care. The Nanny Care detects the movement of your baby's breathing and warns you if the pulse is no longer detected or too low.

D-Link HD Baby Camera

D-Link introduces the EyeOn β„’ baby camera (DCS-825L). This reliable baby monitor with HD video is equipped with a large number of practical functions, such as temperature and sound sensors and night vision.
The baby camera works via the WiFi network which prevents annoying faults on the line. Thanks to the handy mydlink Baby app, parents can view their baby with a click on their smartphone, PC or tablet. This gives the DCS-825L parents even more peace of mind.
Read more: D-Link HD Baby Camera

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