Founded in 1983, the American SIDS Institute, a national nonprofit health care organization, is dedicated to the prevention of sudden infant death and the promotion of infant health through an aggressive, comprehensive nationwide program of:
What is SIDS?
SIDS is the sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history. (Willinger et al, 1991).
In a typical situation parents check on their supposedly sleeping infant to find him or her dead. This is the worst tragedy parents can face, a tragedy which leaves them with a sadness and a feeling of vulnerability that lasts throughout their lives. Since medicine can not tell them why their baby died, they blame themselves and often other innocent people. Their lives and those around them are changed forever.
U.S. Annual SIDS Rate per 1000 Live Births
Source: CDC and National Center for Health Statistics
What Can Be Done?
Unfortunately, we cannot expect to prevent all SIDS deaths now. To do so requires a much greater understanding of SIDS, which will be achieved only with a commitment from those who value babies and with a considerably expanded research effort. However, there are things that can be done to reduce the risk of SIDS.
To read more about ways to reduce your risk of SIDS click here.
The America SIDS Institute is hosting an event called Spring for SIDS: National Fundraiser and SIDS Awareness Day which will be held Friday, April 29th, 2011. They are currently looking for people throughout the country to host this event. Last year they raised over $162,000 dollars! Here is what they have posted on their site.....