Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

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Is it SIDS or SUID?

SIDS (Sudden Infant Death)
SUID (Sudden Unexplained Infant Death)
Rates of SIDS as an official cause of death have declined significantly since the Back to Sleep Campaign in the early 1990’s. National research suggests that the decrease in SIDS since 1999 can be explained by the use of other classifications of causes of death. Among the longstanding challenges to understand unexpected infant deaths has been incomplete investigation and inaccurate reporting.

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Underlying causes of  SUID

Metabolic Disorders;
Hypothermia or Hyperthermia;
Neglect or Homicide;
Poisoning;
Accidental Suffocation;
Other. SUID is a term used to describe these unexpected deaths and is not an official diagnosis. Upon further investigation, the cause of death may be found to be one of these:
  • Metabolic Disorders;
  • Hypothermia or Hyperthermia;
  • Neglect or Homicide;
  • Poisoning;
  • Accidental Suffocation;
  • Other.

After a thorough and comprehensive investigation, if no cause has been identified, the infant death may be most accurately described as SIDS.

Links

Tomorrow’s Children

Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Initiative


For More Information Contact:
Tina Goodwin, RN
Perinatal, Child and Adolescent Health
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026

Phone: (402) 471-0165
Fax: (402) 471-7049
email: tina.goodwin@nebraska.gov


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