What Exactly is SIDS?

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“We cannot expect to prevent all SIDS deaths now … However, there are things that can be done to reduce the risk of SIDS.”

According to the CDC, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is defined as the sudden and mysterious death of a baby younger than one year. SIDS affects thousands of families in the United States every year. What causes it? Who is at risk? And can it be prevented? Here is what you need to know about SIDS.

Why?

SIDS is every parent's worst nightmare—made even worse by the fact that there is no definitive cause. Experts believe several factors contribute to SIDS, as opposed to one underlying cause. According to the American SIDS Institute, “we cannot expect to prevent all SIDS deaths now. To do so requires a much greater understanding of SIDS … However, there are things that can be done to reduce the risk of SIDS.”

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