There is no one specific cause of SIDS, and it is often referred to as a "diagnosis of exclusion," meaning that other potential causes of death have been ruled out.
Researchers believe that SIDS may be caused by a combination of factors, including:
Developmental factors: Infants between the ages of two and four months are at a critical stage of development, and it is possible that certain developmental factors may contribute to the risk of SIDS.
Environmental factors: Certain environmental factors, such as sleeping on the stomach or on soft bedding, may increase the risk of SIDS.
Genetic factors: There is some evidence to suggest that certain genetic factors may increase the risk of SIDS.
Medical conditions: Some medical conditions, such as respiratory infections, may increase the risk of SIDS.
It's important to note that the risk of SIDS can be greatly reduced by following safe sleep practices, such as placing infants on their backs to sleep, using a firm and flat sleep surface, and keeping the sleep environment smoke-free.
If you have concerns about your child's risk of SIDS, it is important to speak with a healthcare professional for guidance and support.