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    What is SIDS?

    SIDS stands for sudden infant death syndrome. This term describes the sudden, unexplained death of an infant younger than 1 year of age.

    Some people call SIDS “crib death” because many babies who die of SIDS are found in their cribs. But, cribs don’t cause SIDS.

    What should I know about SIDS?

    Health care providers don’t know exactly what causes SIDS, but they do know:

    • Babies sleep safer on their backs. Babies who sleep on their stomachs are much more likely to die of SIDS than babies who sleep on their backs.
    • Sleep surface matters. Babies who sleep on or under soft bedding are more likely to die of SIDS.
    • Every sleep time counts. Babies who usually sleep on their backs but who are then placed on their stomachs, like for a nap, are at very high risk for SIDS. So it’s important for everyone who cares for your baby to use the back sleep position for naps and at night.

    Fast Facts About SIDS

    SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants between 1 month and 1 year of age.

    Most SIDS deaths happen when babies are between 2 months and 4 months of age.

    African American babies are more than 2 times as likely to die of SIDS as white babies.

    American Indian/Alaskan Native babies are nearly 3 times as likely to die of SIDS as white babies.

    Safe Sleep Top 10

    Here are 10 ways that you and others who care for your baby can reduce the risk of SIDS.

    1. Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night. The back sleep position is the safest, and every sleep time counts.
    2. Place your baby on a firm sleep surface, such as on a safety-approved crib mattress, covered by a fitted sheet. Never place your baby to sleep on pillows, quilts, sheepskins, or other soft surfaces.
    3. Keep soft objects, toys, and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area. Don’t use pillows, blankets, quilts, sheepskins, and pillow-like crib bumpers in your baby’s sleep area, and keep any other items away from your baby’s face.
    4. Do not allow smoking around your baby. Don’t smoke before or after the birth of your baby, and don’t let others smoke around your baby.
    5. Keep your baby’s sleep area close to, but separate from, where you and others sleep. Your baby should not sleep in a bed or on a couch or armchair with adults or other children, but he or she can sleep in the same room as you. If you bring the baby into bed with you to breastfeed, put him or her back in a separate sleep area, such as a bassinet, crib, cradle, or a bedside cosleeper (infant bed that attaches to an adult bed) when finished.
    6. Think about using a clean, dry pacifier when placing the infant down to sleep,
      but don’t force the baby to take it. (If you are breastfeeding your baby, wait until your child is 1 month old or is used to breastfeeding before using a pacifier.)
    7. Do not let your baby overheat during sleep. Dress your baby in light sleep clothing, and keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult.
    8. Avoid products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS because most have not been tested for effectiveness or safety.
    9. Do not use home monitors to reduce the risk of SIDS. If you have questions about using monitors for other conditions talk to your health care provider.
    10. Reduce the chance that flat spots will develop on your baby’s head: provide “Tummy Time” when your baby is awake and someone is watching; change the direction that your baby lies in the crib from one week to the next; and avoid too much time in car seats, carriers, and bouncers.

    Babies sleep safest on their backs.

    One of the easiest ways to lower your baby’s risk of SIDS is to put him or her on the back to sleep, for naps and at night. Health care providers used to think that babies should sleep on their stomachs, but research now shows that babies are less likely to die of SIDS when they sleep on their backs. Placing your baby on his or her back to sleep is the number one way to reduce the risk of SIDS.

    But won’t my baby choke if he or she sleeps on his or her back?

    No. Healthy babies automatically swallow or cough up fluids. There has been no increase in choking or other problems for babies who sleep on their backs.



    I will post some info in this page as soon as i read the stuff my sister gave me on some stuff, there is alot of stuff about SIDS that they dont talk about.. My sister just came back from a SIDS Conference, run by SIDS Canada, i will post some info on here, that might be helpful for all of you!!.



    There is alot of things they dont recommend to be used for sleep, such as Strollers,Swings, Exersaucers, jumperoos, car seats, play pens, 3n1 play n packs. They also say, Bumper pads, including mesh bumper pads, not to be used, They dont recommend no blankets, pillows, toy etc, in the crib, They say not to use a pillow or blanket until they are 2 years of age. If you are a native person, they dont recommend you useing i think they are called moss bags, They dont recommend leaving your baby in a carseat long period of times, just because it can cut of the breathing., they say to take the baby out of the carseat for a bit and then put it back in, so it the baby can be repotioned. They dont recommend sleep poistioners. as they can slid and get caught in them. They also say just the normal bassinets to. and co sleepers that go ontop of the bed. not to be used. There is so much info that they are looking at…………………………………………………………….
    They are looking at maybe it could be genetic, They are also looking at some stuff in the brain. They Also said The SIDS Rate Was decreasing, But sence 2005, and it jumped high….. ………

    dont think your out of the clear For SIDS, SIDS Happens At 1 month of age to, 1 year of Age.
    Whats SIDS Knows To Be True. Is …
    There is no known Cause Of SIDS but there are many known risk factors that we can reduce. The rate of SIDS is higher in first nations communities.
    SIDS can strike any family, at any time of the day or night, in any season. SIDS usally happens during sleep or napping. There seems to be no pain or suffering., baby at high risk are, babys up to 6 months of age. Baby boys, babys of teen mothers, premature and low birth weight babys, twins and triplets…………… They also say the more expensive you buy, the more padding you get, and thats bad, The less padding the better.
    After they age of 1 year old they can sleep die of SUDC, Thats SUDDEN UNEXPLAINED DEATH IN A CHILD OVER 1. I dont think its as commin as SIDS’ but it does happens, There was a few ppl that lost there babys at 16 months etc.



    I would like to tell you all about my little miracle his name is kadin adn he is 4months, i call him a miracle becasue he was. when i found out i was pregnant with him i had an iud inplace supposed to be 99.9% that i would not get pregnant but i did, when i was 15wks they found cancer cells on my cervix and had to srape them off giving me a great chance of miscarage but i carried him to 35wks. but that was nt long enough for his lungs to develop so he had to spend 8days in the nicu. but the real mircle came when we got home i was going to work when he was 5wks i have my own cleaning buisness so i have the option to take him with. that day he was supposed to sty with my aunt i even left him with her, somthing wasnt right though i just keep getting this feeling that something bad was going to happen so i went back to get him and take him with sure enough he was blue. i grabed him up nd he startled and started breathing again, we rushed him to the hospital were they placed him on a heart moniter. kaydin still quits breathing on an average of 6 times a. he sleeps on his back, firm mattress, no pillows, toys blankets, has a pacifire andn we use a fan. i truly believe that is genitic we have lost 4babies to sids in our family over the last 3generations and that is just imediate family. but i reallly wish they would ,make the moniters easier for parents to get they are so great. thanks for reading our story and feel free to ask me any question s and i would love to know if there is anyone eles that this has happened to if you have any advise for me.



    I would just Like to say, Remember, your baby is alive, you cannot survive from SIDS there is no such thing as a near miss of SIDS< If there was, everyone would have there babys today. You can be one minute 2 late and you still cant. Anyway, A SIDS baby does not turn blue right when they die, They turn blue a lil bit after they die, a baby that has sleep apnea Turns blue, There is tons of information if you go to SIDS Conference, that they have now, you would be amazed



    ~ I found this online, it was written by Tom Keens, of Children’s Hospital in LA regarding ALTE, which is what sounds to be what your son has cathymays~

    The terms ‘Near-miss SIDS’, ‘Near SIDS’, and ‘Aborted SIDS’ have been used in the past, and refer to ALTE. These terms are not preferred now because they imply that if someone had not come along (by chance) to resuscitate an ALTE baby, the baby would have gone on to die. For those of you who may have witnessed an ALTE, they are frightening to the observer, who often ‘believes’ that the baby is in the process of dying. However, many ALTE babies have a number of episodes, which they manage to survive, sometimes even before they receive treatment, such as a home monitor. SIDS babies, on the other hand, rarely had apneas observed prior to death, and death is usually the first sign of any ‘problem’. Some SIDS babies had apneas observed prior to death, though the percent is very small. Some ALTE babies will go on to die from ‘SIDS’ (sudden death, no cause at autopsy), though the percent is small, even if they are not treated.



    That still dont make no sense, when my sister went to the SIDS conference In Ontario. They had a A paremedic there That said her baby just about died of SIDS< and The SIDS Director Who Runs SIDS canada, Said there is no such thing as Near miss of SIDS,. There is different classifications Of SIDS, Sense 2000. They have changed alot. If i can get the info from my sister i will put it down here. They are trying to figure out when a baby dies from SIDS But sense it cost alot to do research, they only have 60 on now. Also If you have had 1 baby die of SIDS> You have a higher risk of it happening again, I dont mean to worry anyone, But Its all the info i have at this time, as we are setting up to teach others in our community about SIDS , We are just taking around stuff that we have learned from my sister going to the SIDS Conference, and their latest research.

    They had so much info at the conference, on what happens after you call 911 and everything that they do in a cornors office. You would be suprised!



    I wasn’t saying that ALTE was near SIDS, it’s just what they used to call it, because they didn’t know what to call it. ATLE, is very similar to sleep apnea. SIDS and ALTE are two totally different things. I have met SIDS parents who’s babies were able to be revived, but even on life support they could not survive, the doctors call this interrupted SIDS, and when the baby eventually dies it is ruled as SIDS or SUID. When a SIDS parent goes on to have other children they do share a greater risk of having SIDS occur again, but the precentage of that risk is very low. My risk of having my subsequent baby die of SIDS might only be 1% higher than a person who has not had SIDS happen, but it all depends on the risk factors, I guess i get frustrated because they don’t know what causes SIDS, so how are they going to tell me that my next child hasd a higher risk of dying of SIDS? Just like they say that race, financial status and residence location and the seasons make a difference. I feel like sometimes what they say gives people a false sense of security, that it won’t happen to them, I did everything right and it still happened to me. they really need to work to find out what causes this so no more families need to go thru what we have been thru.



    Ladies, you are arguing over symantics. Because cathymays was able to save her baby doesn’t make her story less important. Whether it’s called near SIDS, ALTE or Thank God she was there! It doesn’t matter. What matters is that her baby was saved and she is looking for other parents that this has happened to. I feel for her family. To have lost sooo many babies in their generation is really sad. I feel for Julz, we’ve talked in the past and I don’t know how you cope. You are an amazing women. I would at a loss if I didn’t have Kekoa. Maybe a different page is needed but her story is real and for now this is the closest place for her to post it.



    Well then I dont no, Im Just gonna follow up on Whats SIDS Canada and America have to say about SIDS and their latest research that they have learned about it. If you want to learn more, they are starting a course online!!! Theres alot of ppl that did everything right, and i guess you cant stop it. i dont no why they are saying race or any of that, but i guess they need reasons to back up there answers and .some kind of evidence. so i have no idea, , …. Its whatever they are researching on, .. Im not arguing iam just saying the stuff that i have learned so far, from what my sister has learned. and the parents that she has talked to that tryed to get there baby to survive, when they had to unplug life support.



    Oh I wasn’t trying to argue. I was just trying to give people a vision into what I have learned these past 8 months, which is what crabscanfly is doing too. I guess the reality of it is that when SIDS happens there is nothing you can do about it. Not to scared anyone, but there have been time when the parents were holding their child and they did CPR right away, but they were unable to bring their baby back. I wasn’t judging cathymays, I know that she has been thru the same terrifying experience that I was thru but her child made it and I am go glad that he did, I really hope I didn’t hurt anyones feelings, I was just saying that I have heard of this and it is called ALTE, I have only heard of one other woman who this happened too and it seems your stories are very similar. I would never want anyone to go thru what I have been thru, to bury your baby is just unnatural and as a SIDS parent I get frustrated with the stats and the theories. I guess over these past 8 months I have learned so much, and if the knowledge I have gained will help one family understand SIDS, then I have done my work and made my sweet Ari proud. And I know that’s what crabscanfly is doing too, in honor of her niece. I really hope I didn’t offend anyone. Lots of Luv & Hugs!



    Im good to go, today me and my sister are teaching more pregnant ladys about SIDS, we are acutally getting the up todate videos that they have so we can show other ppl. I enjoy my time helping my sister educate other ppl about SIDS, As Its Number 1 killer in all infants. And when SIDS does Happen, you cannot save a baby from SIDS. Thats Why they call it. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.! if you didnt die, they wouldnt have death in there. I know you can put the child on life support. but i couldnt possible. make that choice, of makin it harder to let go.

    Julz- Your good to go, and we can get through this. 🙂 We are doing a candle light memorial, In loving memory of all the babys that passed away, i will light a candle for your lil gir 🙂



    Aww..thanks sweetie, you are great. I lovbe that you and your sis are doing so much to help people be aware of SIDS. We had our first meeting to plan Our Memorial benefit for Ari, it’s not until March, but it’s going to be huge, I am so excited!



    Hi everyone =) I want to get your take on something: I’m completely terrified of SIDS, I know we all worry about it, but I seriously don’t even nap anymore during the day because I have to check Beckett so often. We have a wood burning stove in our home (as well as typical HVAC) but I started thinking about the smoke and particles not being good for him. I looked it up of course and there is some evidence that wood fires can be a risk factor for SIDS. So, now I’m all freaked out and ready ban the use of the stove for the winter. Am I overreacting here or have any of you heard this too?



    I would be concerned and worried about having my baby around smoke from the fire place. i personally wouldnt have my baby around it, but i dont think once in a while would hurt, just have a window and a fan going!!

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