Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) describes the sudden, unexplained death of an infant less than a year old. It is also called "crib death," but cribs do not cause SIDS. Nobody yet knows the cause of SIDS, but researchers have identified several risk factors for SIDS. By understanding those things that might increase a baby's risk of SIDS, health experts have several specific pieces of advice for parents and anyone who cares for an infant to follow. Following this specific advice can help prevent SIDS.  Parents, siblings and other family members who are grieving for an infant who has died of SIDS need much emotional support. The American Lung Association can link parents and other family members with several organizations who can give them needed support and resources.