SIDS is the unexpected, sudden death of a healthy baby under age 1 in which an autopsy does not show an explainable cause of death.
SIDS remains the leading cause of death in infants under one year old in most countries throughout the world.
With an average 5 out of every 10,000 death rate, SIDS death toll reaches 5600 babies per year in the USA and Europe alone.
SIDS is impossible to predict and modern medicine has not yet come up with means of care or solution.
These factors may include problems with sleep arousal or an inability to sense a build-up of carbon dioxide in the blood. Almost all SIDS deaths occur without any warning or symptoms when the infant is thought to be sleeping.
SIDS is most likely to occur between 2 and 4 months of age, and 90% occur by 6 months of age. It occurs more often in winter months, with the peak in January.
Babies who sleep on their stomachs
Babies who are around cigarette smoke while in the womb or after being born
Babies who sleep in the same bed as their parents
Babies who have soft bedding in the crib
Multiple birth babies (being a twin, triplet, etc.
Babies who have a brother or sister who had SIDS
Mothers who smoke or use illegal drugs
Short time period between pregnancies
Late or no prenatal care
SIDS affects boys more often than girls. While studies show that babies with the above risk factors are more likely to be affected, the impact or importance of each factor is not well-defined or understood.
There are no symptoms. Babies who die of SIDS do not appear to suffer or struggle.
Autopsy results are not able to confirm a cause of death, but may help add to the existing knowledge about SIDS.
Read more about the factors that can reduce the risk of SIDS
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