Recent reports have been released linking Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and the ingestion of contaminated food, particularly in children between the ages of two and four. The culprit? Salmonella, a bacterium which is typically found in raw poultry or eggs, but can also be found in many other food sources. Salmonella poisoning, while not generally recognized as an acute case of SIDS, is still a serious problem in many families. But, what’s behind the link between salmonella and kids?
Salmonella is an organism that needs a warm, dark and moist environment in order to grow. Typically, it begins to grow in a person’s intestines, where it attacks the lining of their intestines as well as any living tissue. When it infects the lungs, it is known as anthrax. And although the name “anthrax” brings to mind a frighteningly lethal biological entity, most cases of anthrax have proved to be harmless to humans. Sulfamethoxazole, the most commonly used antibiotic, acts on bacteria by destroying the cytoplasm, or fluid component of the cell.
But antibiotics kill other essential bacteria and produce side effects like redness, gas, diarrhea and stomach cramps. So, while antibiotics are effective for most bacterial infections, they are less prone to specific kinds of infections. For example long island preschool, in young adults, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is less likely in those with a family history of allergies or asthma, although the association between SIDS and asthma is unclear. In adults, the risk of SIDS is increased in those who smoke, drink alcohol, have a history of drug abuse or who use illegal drugs. However, there are strong connections between drug abuse and the increased risk of SIDS in younger children.
The other link between SIDS and adults is the recently-documented connection between SIDS and Coronavirus (C. pneumoniae). This is an uncommon respiratory infection that results from the transfer of the causative agent, which causes the fever, in a person’s respiratory system, from an infected person to a healthy person. Among children, this condition is usually referred to as “infantile hypersensitivity syndrome”, or “children’s staph”. Among adults, the disease is known as “scabies”.
So far, the experts have not established whether SIDS and Coronavirus are one reason why children have a higher chance of developing the illness in adults. But since both diseases share some symptoms, the possibility of their being connected cannot be ruled out. If you have infants with SIDS, you should take care to check their medical histories carefully and to look for signs of Coronavirus. If one of your children had either SIDS or Coronavirus, it would be in your best interest to get them checked professionally soon.
There is new evidence coming out of the United States regarding the link between SIDS and Novel Coronavirus. In a report released in January 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) looked into eight deaths among nine children who died in their sleep due to Novel Coronavirus. The researchers found that all these children had previously been hospitalized for pneumonia. However, the FDA concluded that these children likely did not receive adequate care for their infections and so died as a result of a Novel Coronavirus: this suggests that, other than the fact that bed-netting saves lives, the benefits of such bed nets among infants might not be worth the risk of their mortality.