Many Americans are familiar with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
For years, the cause of this syndrome has been unknown; yet, it’s still induced a lot of distress in parents of babies who lost their lives to this.
The mystery factor associated with SIDS is part of what made it so scary. Many parents of babies who died from SIDS often questioned themselves or wonder if they did something wrong.
However, the ambiguity associated with SIDS could very well be coming to an end soon. According to Newsmax, a brand new development could change everything when it comes to SIDS and saving babies’ lives.
The End of SIDS?
A brand new study from researchers in Australia has occurred regarding what factors into infants who lose their lives due to SIDS.
According to the study’s findings, deficient BChE enzyme levels post-birth are directly tied to SIDS. This is because BChE enzymes impact babies’ abilities to wake after sleeping, along with the arousal pathways of the brain.
They found the cause of SIDS
THEY FOUND THE CAUSE OF SIDS
Excuse me while I cry for all the parents, including lead researcher Dr Carmel Harrington, who lived with guilt. And cry happy tears for parents in the future who will have access to screening and prevention. 😭 pic.twitter.com/LCp4A63HXd
— Debbie Mia (@TheDebbieMia) May 12, 2022
BChE enzyme levels are also directly connected to the nervous system and subconscious actions of the babies’ bodies. Therefore, having low amounts of these enzymes ends up making babies more vulnerable to SIDS.
Even with the groundbreaking nature of this discovery, researchers still have far more work to do. Part of that work involves looking into whether or not consistent BChE measurements could save lives from SIDS.
Positive Feedback From the General Public
News about the connection between BChE enzyme levels and SIDS has undoubtedly made headway on social media.
Countless users expressed relief over a step being made in hopefully ending SIDS. Others have voiced reassurance that parents who lost infants to SIDS won’t go around believing it was because of something they did or didn’t do.
Some of the public also mentioned that while the news about BChE enzyme levels is certainly pivotal, it doesn’t mean there’s a cure set in stone just yet.
It's horrifying realizing how many parents suffered through police investigations and worse. I really hope this news helps your friend with any guilt she still has in her soul. It was not her fault. It was *never* her fault.
— Debbie Mia (@TheDebbieMia) May 13, 2022
There could very well be additional factors playing into SIDS that have yet to be discovered. To this day, researchers are still working on the information and trying to find out as much as they possibly can.
This is definitely something that many people, and parents especially, are going to be keeping their eyes on. Ironically, the news about a possible factor in SIDS comes as many parents are struggling with childcare of babies these days.
The ongoing shortages of baby formula are truly causing real distress and anxiety amongst parents today.
What do you think about this new development as it pertains to further understanding sudden infant death syndrome? Do you believe other scientific discoveries will occur with further investigation? Sound off about this in the comments section.