This Doctor Thinks He Has the Cure for SIDS
SIDS is one of the most tragic occurrences of our modern day life, claiming 3,500 babies a year. For parents and caregivers, the fear of simply laying their babies down to sleep never disappears. Each and every time I lay my daughter down for a nap, I am listening, watching, and waiting with a silent prayer that she will wake up.
It's so scary, and one of the scariest parts about SIDS is that we still don't know for sure what causes it or how to prevent it with 100% certainty.
But for the first time ever, one doctor thinks he may be close to finding the cure for SIDS.
Daniel Rubens is an anesthesiologist at Seattle Children's Hospital, and after studying SIDS for over a decade, he thinks he is close to finally having a cure for the horrible fluke that snatches so many babies too soon.
Dr. Rubens believes that SIDS is actually caused by an inner-ear dysfunction that somehow makes it difficult for the baby's brain to understand that he/she needs to move in order to breathe better. Unlike other theories, which point to a genetic link or even something that signals the baby's brain to stop breathing, Dr. Ruben thinks the problem is more physical with SIDS.
“These babies have inner-ear damage, but they can't tell you,” Rubens said in one interview. “They are too young to sit up. The baby has got a problem getting air.”
He based his theory off of new findings that tested babies born in Rhode Island for hearing problems and found that all the babies who survived passed the hearing tests, while those who had died from SIDS had failed their hearing tests.
Currently, Dr. Ruben is working on a new hearing screening that he hopes will be implemented on all babies to test for the inner ear dysfunction and hopefully decrease SIDS forever.
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