SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the death of a child under one year of age, that is not from any known medical cause. The death cannot be explained, and leaves families devastated, and not sure how to carry on. SIDS is the leading cause of death among babies from one month to one year of age, and often occurs between two months and four months of age.
While awareness is being increased every day in the fight against SIDS we still have a very long way to go. The exact cause of SIDS is still unknown, but experts think that it’s most likely when an infant has an underlying cause such as a weak heart or being born premature.
Babies whose mothers smoke, or babies who are around smoke, seem more likely to contract SIDS as well. It is also thought that babies born to mothers under 20 years of age are at higher risk, as well as having a lot of brothers and sisters. The more children you have, the more the chances of SIDS rise.
Certain ethnic backgrounds seem to be more susceptible to SIDS, and boys contract it more often than girls. The key to stamping SIDS out is to increase awareness, and do everything humanly possible to get the word out. That is the only way we will eventually stop this terrible condition from destroying more families.