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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), refers to the mysterious death of an infant during the first months of life who goes to bed apparently healthy but never wakes up.


There may be a link between the position a baby is placed in to go to sleep and the type of pillow the head is placed on. However, most babies do not smother themselves; they simply stop breathing.

Some physicians suspect a nutritional deficiency. Others point to a developing cold. Some babies have been found in time to be resuscitated. This group is at high risk for another episode and parents may place a special alarm system near the cot, which signals whenever there is a delay in the baby's breathing.

Signs & Symptoms

Usually, the only sign is that the baby stops breathing. A "near miss baby" can place a tremendous burden upon parents, straining to hear his breathing all day, every day, possibly aided by alarms or other family members.

After one (or more) babies die in the same family, the parents must also undergo interrogation from police and deal with a loss of self-confidence, as well as losing respect in the community for their ability to take care of children.

Nutritional Supplements

General Supplements


*Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.

Note 1: Magnesium deficiency must be resolved pre-natally in the mother, continuing during lactation.

Note 2: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

The infant diet, of course, is rather limited at first to breast or formula milk. Maternal nutrition, or formula selection (or adaptation) could play a role in this disease, especially if changes are made pre-natally.

B Complex vitamins are well-known in cases of neural tube defects and there is some indication that low minerals can be a key factor in this condition.

Homeopathic Remedy

Magnesia phosphorica
Selenium tinct.

Treatment Schedule

Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies may be single strength (of fairly weak potency e.g. 6X ) or a blend of several weaker strengths (6X, 8X, 10X).

This may comprise a single remedy, or several remedies.

Doses are administered on a 3 times daily (tid), between meals,schedule and continued for 3 days.

Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose.

Solid preparations are usually 2 or 3 pellets per dose.

Children use 1/2 dose i.e. 1 pellet.

If there is aggravation of the symptoms, stop taking the remedy and consult a homeopath.


Murphy, R. : Homeopathic Medical Repertory. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1993.

Murphy, R. : Lotus Materia Medica. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1995.

Pert, J.C.: Homeopathy for the Family. The Homoeopathic Development Foundation, London. 1985 edition.

Tissue Salts

Mag. Phos.

Herbal Approaches


Acerola Cherry
Anise Seed
Caraway Seed
Fennel Seed
Lemon Balm

Note 1: Most deficiencies can best be resolved pre-natally in the mother, continuing during lactation. Some herbs can be soaked in formulas, or capsules may be emptied into them, or mild teas or juices can make an acceptable alternative. If necessary, sweeten with honey, or Stevia.

Note 2: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

One theory of SIDS is that the urine released by the infant overpowers it. This may be a direct effect of the ammonia, or a combination of the ammonia and any synthetic fibers it come sinto contact with.

In this scenario, a masking odor, would be most beneficial, although the reacting materials should also be removed, or, preferably, guarded against and never installed.

Some essential oils lessen the risk of infection and may be dropped directly onto the bedding:

Eucalyptus EssenceLavender Essence
Tea Tree Essence

More powerful, antiseptic aromas, which may be diffused through the air of the room, or an adjoining laundry room for the diapers, include:

Cinnamon EssenceOregano Essence
(Red) Thyme Essence

This is also applicable to other sick room situations.

Related Health Conditions

Childhood Diseases



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