- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the “sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history.” (Willinger, et al., 1991).
Free AAP SIDS course is now available in Spanish
You asked, and we delivered! The AAP’s FREE, online course that educates child care providers about safe sleep environments that reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is now available in Spanish. Access Reducción del riesgo de SIDS en la atención infantile at: http://bit.ly/Rf8n7z. The English version is available at: http://bit.ly/PediaLink_SIDS
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What SIDS Is:
- The major cause of death in infants from 1 month to 1 year of age, with most deaths occurring between 2 and 4 months
- Sudden and silent–the infant was seemingly healthy
- Currently, unpredictable and unpreventable
- A death that occurs quickly, often associated with sleep and with no signs of suffering
- Determined only after an autopsy, an examination of the death scene, and a review of the clinical history
- Designated as a diagnosis of exclusion
- A recognized medical disorder listed in the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision (ICD-9)
- An infant death that leaves unanswered questions, causing intense grief for parents and families
What SIDS Is Not:
- Caused by vomiting and choking, or minor illnesses such as colds or infections
- Caused by the diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT) vaccines, or other immunizations
- Child abuse
- The cause of every unexpected infant death
Any sudden, unexpected death threatens one’s sense of safety and security. We are forced to confront our own mortality (Corr, 1991). This is particularly true in a sudden infant death. Quite simply, babies are not supposed to die. Because the death of an infant is a disruption of the natural order, it is traumatic for parents, family, and friends. The lack of a discernible cause, the suddenness of the tragedy, and the involvement of the legal system make a SIDS death especially difficult, leaving a great sense of loss and a need for understanding.
Safe Sleep: Information for anyone that cares for your child. www.sidsks.org/communitysupport.html
Safe Sleep Video: Alone, on their back and in a crib: www.safesleepkansas.org
Creating Safe Sleep Environments for Babies from SIDS Network of Kansas
- Place a baby:
-Alone in a safety approved crib
-Back to sleep for naptime and nighttime
-In a smoke-free, well-ventilated room
- The safest place for a baby to sleep is in a room where others sleep, but not in a shared bed.
- Remove all soft, fluffy bedding and toys from the sleep area.
- Keep baby’s room at a comfortable temperature – not too hot.
- Consider using a wearable blanket to avoid loose blankets in the sleep area.
- Breast feed, if possible.
- Provide “Tummy Time” when the baby is awake and supervised to help strengthen neck muscles and avoid flat spots on the
- Consider offering a pacifier at naptime and nighttime after one month of age.
- Share this information with everyone who cares for baby, and see video linked below.