Tuesday, October 2, 2007

What Is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)?

  • “SIDS is the diagnosis given for the sudden death of an infant under one year of age that remains unexplained after a complete investigation, which includes an autopsy, examination of the death scene (Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines), and review of the symptoms or illnesses the infant had prior to dying and any other pertinent medical and family history. Because most babies sleep in cribs, and therefore, most cases of SIDS occur when a baby is in a crib sleeping, SIDS is sometimes called “crib death." Cribs do not cause SIDS.” (First Candle/SIDS Alliance)


    Doctors are not sure about the prevailing cause of SIDS; this leaves American families in a state of ambiguity, searching for meaning.

    Yes, there is promising research evidence that suggests some SIDS babies are born with brain abnormalities that make the baby vulnerable to sudden death during the first year of life. However, there is NOT yet a way to predict or prevent SIDS.

    Current studies indicate that despite the proactive steps parents and caregivers take to reduce their baby’s risk of infant death, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) continues to be a leading cause of deaths for over 2,100 infants during the first year of life in the United States. Over 5 babies a day die somewhere in the United States of America of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

    SIDS is NOT child abuse.

    SIDS crosses all socio-economic boundaries.

    African American and Native American babies are 2 to 3 times more likely to die from SIDS than Caucasian babies.

    Male infants are more likely to succumb to SIDS than infant females.

    For more information about SIDS please visit the links on the left under the title, My favorite Blogs and Cyber-places.

    What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) was posted by Jewel Sample, MS
    Award-winning author of Flying Hugs and Kisses (2006), also translated: Besos y abrazos al aire (2006, Spanish edition) and Flying Hugs and Kisses Activity Book (2007)

1 comment:

Paul Dike said...

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