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Photo of a mother looking at her baby with the Safe to Sleep logo and a link to: Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is defined as the sudden death of an infant under one year of age, which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation.
Experts cannot predict which babies will die of SIDS.  But YOU can take precautions to limit the chances of this kind of tragedy taking place. Please browse this site and learn how to protect your baby.(1)
Is it SUID or SIDS?
Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID) is a term used to describe the unexpected infants’ deaths and is not an official diagnosis.  Upon further investigation, the cause of death may be found to be one of the following causes:

• Metabolic Disorders
• Hypothermia or Hyperthermia
• Neglect or Homicide
• Poisoning
• Accidental Suffocation
• Other

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After a thorough and comprehensive investigation, if no cause has been identified, the infant death may be most accurately described as SIDS. (4) Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Initiative
Facts and Statistics:
A. Facts:
• SIDS is the leading cause of death for babies 1 – 12 months old.(1)
• The peak age for SIDS is 1-4 months old with 90% of deaths occurring  between 1-6 months of age.(1)
• SIDS is more likely to occur in the winter months (October to April).(1)
• Unaccustomed stomach sleeping will increase the risk by 18-20 times.(5)
• It can be difficult to distinguish between SIDS and unintentional suffocation.(1)
• Research shows that breastfeeding is protective against SIDS.(1)
• SIDS is not caused by immunization.  In fact, if a baby is immunized there is a 50% decreased risk for SIDS.(1,3)
• SIDS is not caused by vomiting or choking.(1)
• SIDS is not the same thing as suffocation.(1)
• SIDS is not contagious.(1)
• SIDS is not the result of abuse or neglect.(1)
• SIDS is not completely preventable but you can decrease the risk.(1)

B. Statistics:
1. SIDS Mortality Rates Nebraska and the U.S. All Races, 1979-2013 

2. Safe Sleep Nebraska Prams Fall 2013  Safe Sleep Fact Sheet 
1. About Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [Online] 07 07, 2014. About SUID and SIDS
2. Safe to Sleep. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. [Online] 07 07, 2014. [Cited: 07 07, 2014.] Safe to Sleep
3. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). KidsHealth. [Online] [Cited: 07 07, 2014.] Kids health
4. Carrie Shapiro-Mendoza, PhD, MPH and Lena Camperlengo, RN, MPH, DrPH(c). CDC's Sudden, Unexpected Infant Death Initiative. Child Death [Online] 05 20, 2009. [Cited: 07 07, 2014.] Child Death Review
5. SIDS Risk Factors and Causes of SIDS. SIDS America . [Online] [Cited: 07 07, 2014.] SIDS America


For More Information Contact:
Jackie Moline, RN, BSN
Maternal-Infant Community Health Nurse, Sr.
Maternal & Infant Health Program
DHHS - Division of Public Health
301 Centennial Mall South, PO Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026
(402) 471-0165 - Cell (402) 326-6415 - Fax (402) 471-7049

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