What is SIDS?
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden death of an infant under 1 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).
SIDS is …
SIDS is not …
** SIDS remains the leading cause of death in the United States among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age and the third leading cause of death overall among infants less than 1 year of age.
** Many medical examiners are refusing to call an infant death SIDS. Instead, they have begun using the term Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID)... which is what our medical examiner used for Declan. Although, his death certificate says "unexplained".
I find it maddening that we live in one of the greatest countries in the WORLD, where people come from all over to have medical procedures done, yet we don't know what SIDS is or how to STOP it! Babies shouldn't die for NO REASON!!!