Manila, January 9, 2015 - Nearly one baby every hour each day dies abruptly. An estimated 7,000 babies die each year without warning
Parents are left clueless after the death as the possible causes remain unknown even after undergoing autopsy. All because of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
SIDS is the unexplained death of babies usually occurring during sleep and striking under unexpected circumstances.
Even a healthy one-year old baby may be a victim of the condition which is often simply attributed to physical and environmental factors.
Studies have shown that babies with physical
conditions including brain abnormalities, low birth weight and respiratory infection have higher risk of dying an unexplained death.
To address the problem, various newborn screening tests are being employed as a means of identifying inborn disorders. For instance, dried blood spot screening, usually available in hospitals, can effectively screen the newborn of many metabolic disorders.
This type of screening, however, can only detect less than 50 metabolic disorders
Given that there are far more metabolic disorders that place an infant in danger of SIDS, a new process called Metascreen, an expanded, advanced and non-invasive metabolic screening service, was developed.
IEM is a rare genetic disorder characterized by the lack of enzymes needed in the body to maintain the normal body metabolic temperature.
This condition eventually causes the build-up of toxic substances and a deficiency of the critical ones. And because this may remain undetected during the infant stages of the baby, it poses as a silent threat to every newborn.
Aside from causing sudden death, the disease may also trigger serious developmental issues and lifelong disease, if left untreated.
Research showed that 10% of the SIDS cases can significantly be attributed to these inherited metabolic defects.
In the Philippines, this comprehensive newborn screening is offered
by Cordlife Medical Philippines, the country’s most chosen cord blood and cord lining banking institution. Metascreen is offered free to all mothers who bank their baby’s cord blood and cord lining at Cordlife.
“Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is a serious and unseen condition that contributes to infant mortality,” said Dr. Arvin Faundo, Medical Director, Cordlife Medical Philippines. “
Metascreen offers mothers the chance to reduce this incidence to secure the future and the wellbeing of their newborn.”
The screening test is performed by the Hong Kong Screening Centre Limited, a company that provides early and accurate detection of metabolic disorders in newborn babies.
“Here in the Philippines, we take pride in providing our clients with the best facilities to ensure that Cordlife is something they can depend on especially when it comes to securing the health of their newborn,”
The Group’s processing and storage facilities in Singapore, Hong Kong, and India are also AABB, formerly known as
American Association of Blood Banks, accredited, meeting the gold standard of private cord blood banking.
For more information, download Cordlife’s free
infopack @ www.cordlife.ph or call (02) 3321888 to know how you can invest in your children’s future.