Recent Study Reveals How Early Circumcision Could Be a Major Cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

By August 5, 2018 Science

New research seems to suggest that Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, in some cases, might have something to do with the baby having been circumcised a bit early. While many people will opt for this procedure without thinking twice it could be doing much more harm than you think.

In a study by Dr. Eran Elhaik from the University of Sheffield, the idea that the large loss of blood caused by male neonatal circumcision might be much more deadly than we realize. MNC, for those who do not know, is usually performed within the first 28 days of a male baby having been born. With less blood, the children are in a weakened state and thus SIDS is much more likely.

The abstract of this study goes as follows:

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the most common cause of postneonatal infant death. The allostatic load hypothesis posits that SIDS is the result of perinatal cumulative painful, stressful, or traumatic exposures that tax neonatal regulatory systems. To test it, we explored the relationships between SIDS and two common stressors, male neonatal circumcision (MNC) and prematurity, using latitudinal data from 15 countries and over 40 US states during the years 1999-2016. We used linear regression analyses and likelihood ratio tests to calculate the association between SIDS and the stressors. SIDS prevalence was significantly and positively correlated with MNC and prematurity rates. MNC explained 14.2% of the variability of SIDS’s male bias in the US, reminiscent of the Jewish myth of Lilith, the killer of infant males. Combined, the stressors increased the likelihood of SIDS. Ecological analyses are useful to generate hypotheses but cannot provide strong evidence of causality. Biological plausibility is provided by a growing body of experimental and clinical evidence linking adversary preterm and early-life events with SIDS. Together with historical evidence, our findings emphasize the necessity of cohort studies that consider these environmental stressors with the aim of improving the identification of at-risk infants and reducing infant mortality.

Through this research, it was found that MNC is positively associated with the risk for SIDS. The global SIDS prevalence and MNC rates are significantly correlated. SIDS is easily the leading cause of death among infants between birth and 1 year. We need to better understand SIDS so that these deaths can be prevented.

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