Definition

Cot death, also known as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), is an unexplained death among infants ranging from 1 to 12 months old. This condition is common among infants with low birth weight.

Diagnosis

There are no specified symptoms yet for cot death.

Treatment

The best method of treating SIDS is by prevention. Expecting mothers should adequate prenatal care and avoid exposure to harmful substances. Breastfeeding is also a must.

Symptoms

The exact causes for cot death are still unknown, but risk factors include exposure to cigarette smoke, use of illegal drugs during pregnancy, poor prenatal care and mothers who didn't practice breast-feeding. Insufficient oxygen is also suspected to be a cause of SIDS.

Causes

There is still no diagnostic test which could be done on SIDS victims.