SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

By: Molly Waggoner

What is SIDS?

SIDS is an unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. Also known as a crib death because infants often die in their cribs.
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What puts the baby at risk?

  • born prematurely
  • low weight
  • mother under age of 20
  • many siblings in close age
  • certain ethnic backgrounds (African Americans higher risk)
  • being a boy (ratio 1.5-1)


There are not many symptoms of SIDS. Some that may occur is overheating and trouble breathing while sleeping.

Ways to prevent SIDS?

  • sleep on back
  • choose bedding carefully
  • avoid overheating
  • regular prenatal care
  • don't smoke or drink
  • keep away from cigarette smoke
  • have all of baby's vaccinations
  • breastfeed if possible
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Statistics and deaths that occur

~ leading cause of death in infants

- 2,226 babies dies in 2009

~ babies that sleep in parents bed have a 40 times greater risk

~ babies of mothers who smoke during pregnancy, have a 3 times greater risk

~ SIDS rates declined from 130.3 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 39.7 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2013

What should you do or who you should call if you think your baby is affected by SIDS?

CALL 911!! They will always be there to help you and know best on what you should do if your baby has been affected.
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"Data and Statistics." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 08 Oct. 2015. Web. 18 Oct. 2015. <>.