• SIDS
  • SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant under 1 year of age. (stanfordchildrens.org)
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death or crib death, is the sudden unexplained death of a child less than one year of age. (wikipedia.org)
  • SIDS makes up about 80% of sudden and unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs). (wikipedia.org)
  • Grief support for families affected by SIDS is important, as the death of the infant is sudden, without witnesses, and often associated with an investigation. (wikipedia.org)
  • The term SUDI is now often used instead of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) because some coroners prefer to use the term 'undetermined' for a death previously considered to be SIDS. (wikipedia.org)
  • In addition, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently proposed that such deaths be called "sudden unexpected infant deaths" (SUID) and that SIDS is a subset of SUID. (wikipedia.org)
  • SIDS has a 4-parameter lognormal age distribution that spares infants shortly after birth - the time of maximal risk for almost all other causes of non-trauma infant death. (wikipedia.org)
  • By definition, SIDS deaths occur under the age of one year, with the peak incidence occurring when the infant is at 2 to 4 months of age. (wikipedia.org)
  • Although studies have identified risk factors for SIDS, such as putting infants to bed on their stomachs, there has been little understanding of the syndrome's biological process or its potential causes. (wikipedia.org)
  • SIDS is believed to occur when an infant with an underlying biological vulnerability, who is at a critical development age, is exposed to an external trigger. (wikipedia.org)
  • The following risk factors generally contribute either to the underlying biological vulnerability or represent an external trigger: SIDS rates are higher for infants of mothers who smoke during pregnancy. (wikipedia.org)