Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is the sudden unexplained death of a child less than one year of age. The usual medical term is ‘Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy’ (SUDI) or Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood (SUDC), if the baby was over 12 months old.
Over the past two decades the incidence of SIDS has declined dramatically following the introduction of campaigns aimed at reducing the risk of SIDS. Nevertheless, it continues to be the biggest cause of death of infants aged between 1 month and 1 year in developed countries.
Evidence based scientific research has led us to believe that many infants dying suddenly and unexplainably have an underlying brainstem abnormality. For many it is likely that a combination of factors affect a baby at a critical developmental stage.
In educating parents, grandparents, healthcare professionals, childcare workers and caregivers on the key principles of infant safe sleep, the external ‘stressors’ associated with a Sudden and Unexpected Death in Infants (SUDI, which also includes SIDS) can be identified and eliminated, helping significantly reduce the number of fatalities in sleep