Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

What SIDS Is and What SIDS Is Not


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

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

So Much Is Asked...Because So Much Is required.


These are only a few of the many sites on the Web that offer information on the subject of SIDS.

  1. Childrens Hospital & Medical Center (Seattle, WA.)
  2. Arizona SIDS Alliance, a new page with a lot to offer - check them out!
  3. SIDS Resources of Oregon, another new page!
  4. NJ SIDS Resource Center: Homepage
  5. Babyhood: Health and Safety: SIDS
  6. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Network
  7. Sids Web
  8. The National Maternal and Child Health Clearinghouse has a SIDS page, as well as other useful information.
  9. Southwest SIDS Research Institute A very informative site from Texas.
  10. Back to Sleep The National Institute of Health site has quite a bit of information, follow the Back to Sleep link.
  11. National SIDS Research Center

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