Every year more than 1,000 children die in the United States from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). It’s a frustrating diagnosis, characterized as the sudden death of an infant under 1 year of age that cannot be explained even after a full medical investigation.
For years, the medical community has been trying to understand why some children are at risk for SIDS. It’s recommended that babies sleep on their backs and items that can cause suffocation be removed from infants’ sleeping areas. Public health campaigns encouraging parents to take these precautions have reduced the risk of SIDS in the United States.
Author: Gillian Mohney