Little baby Arthur lived a very short life over 100 years ago – just a little over three months. In a blink of an eye, he was here and gone.
One day, during my Christmas break from work, I drove up to the cemetery to take some photos. It was a frigid day so I didn’t spend much time up there, but while I was there noticed that there were an awful lot of tombstones for infants that dated back to the early 1900’s. It must have been such a difficult time, back in the day. The area was just being settled. I’m sure doctors were scarce and medicine (and knowledge) lacking.
Sometimes I wonder how much has really changed, at least in the knowledge department. A young family in town recently lost their young daughter, who was a little older than Arthur, to SIDS. Despite years of research, its cause remains unpredictable. There are risk factors of which one needs to be aware — two of them were in play in this situation. Incidence of SIDS increases in cold weather, strikes boys more often than girls, affects African-Americans and Native Americans at a higher rate of two and three times respectively than caucasian infants. Other risk factors include:
Education is key. If you have a young infant or know someone who does or who is expecting, make sure they are aware of the SIDS risk factors. Simple changes can make a world of difference. To read more, click here.