Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

What Is SIDS?

Sudden infant death syndrome(SIDS) is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than one year old.

What Puts a Baby At Risk?

Potential Risk Factors

  • Smoking, drinking, or drug use during pregnancy
  • Poor prenatal care
  • Prematurity or low weight birth
  • Mothers younger than age 20
  • Tobacco smoke exposure after birth
  • Overheating from excessive sleepwear and bedding
  • Stomach sleeping position
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Symptoms/Signs of SIDS

Most conditions are diagnosed by the presence of specific symptoms after all possible causes of death have been ruled out. Doctors review the infant's medical history, sleeping environment, and autopsy to distinguish whether the death was from an accident, abuse, and undiagnosed conditions such as cardiac or metabolic disorders.

What To Do When Your Baby is Affected by SIDS

If the baby is overheated, undress the baby and let them cool down. Call 911 at any time when you think your baby is affected by SIDS. The quicker you notice the signs and call 911, the likelier chance your baby will have of survival. If your baby does not make it, there are SIDS support groups available to help with the healing process.

Preventing SIDS

When an infant, especially under the age of one, is sleeping, place the baby on their back. Never put a child to sleep lying face-down on their stomach or on their side.


"Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)." - Mayo Clinic. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.

Jr., Floyd. "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)." KidsHealth - the Web's Most Visited Site about Children's Health. The Nemours Foundation, 1 Apr. 2014. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.