Living on elevated altitudes poses risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
A new study suggests that babies residing in high altitudes are exposedto a greater risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) comparable to those who live in lower altitudes.
Data suggests that SIDS causes 0.8 deaths in every 1,000 infants living at highest altitudes. The researchers, however, confirmed the literal causes of SIDS not due to height but due to the thinner air at elevated zones. Analystsspecified that more studies are necessary in fully grasping the root of the problembefore people start deserting their homes on elevated lands. Specifics on the studies are published in the Pediatrics journal in its online edition on May 25.
The study was conducted by cardiologist David Katz of the University of Colorado Denver and his team. The investigationwas conducted onthe birth and certificate data on 390,000 babies in Colorado. The analysts’ registered Colorado State comprising the highest average elevation in the country,extending from 3,315 feet above sea level to 14,433.
David and his teamallocated the babies into three sets basing on their residential altitudes: less than 6,000 feet, between 6,000 and 8,000 feet, and above 8,000 feet. The study excluded babies with known birth defects.
After considering the numerous factors, the team established that the babies living above 8,000 feet are imposed to higher risk of mortality as those living below 6,000 feet.However, Katz claims also suggests that the findings should not necessarily frightenthe parents residing in greater altitudes. Even though the babies living atop(8,000 feet and above)were listedamongst the greatest mortality risk, it was only 0.79 percent.
“The absolute risk of SIDS remains very low and… this is in no way a call to abandon residence in or visits to high-altitude” locations, he said.
Likewise, public health specialists were unable to determine the exact cause of SIDS occurrences. They too suggested that low levels of oxygen in high altitudes might be the factors.
Additional studies advocated that the quantity of decreasedoxygen level causes brain-stem anomalies preventing infants from waking up while sleeping.
Each year, about 3,500 infants die without probable warningmaking it a growing concern in the United States.