Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
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Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden death of an infant under the age of 1 year that remains unexplained after careful review of the history, death scene investigation, and thorough autopsy. In 2008, the most recent published data from the National Vital Statistics System indicated that SIDS was listed as the third leading cause of death in infants in the United States. Causes of SIDS are considered to be multifactorial. The triple risk hypothesis describes the presence of three risk factors that, when overlapping, predispose a baby to SIDS. These include an environmental trigger/stress, a critical developmental period, and an underlying vulnerability. Physician-scientists and scientists are studying neuropathological tissue and genetic material from SIDS victims to ascertain factors that might be responsible for heightening an infant's vulnerability to SIDS. Others are performing physiologic studies on infants known to have an increased risk for SIDS. Basic scientists are studying animal models that might provide insight into mechanisms responsible for SIDS. Current clinical management targets improving education for families and caregivers regarding known modifiable environmental stressors (risk factors) (see below).
First Candle-SIDS Alliance
1314 Bedford Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21208
National Sudden and Unexpected Infant/Child Death Resource Center
2115 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
American SIDS Institute
528 Raven Way
Naples, FL 34110
SIDS Educational Services, Inc.
PO Box 2426
Hyattsville, MD 20784-0426
NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
31 Center Dr
Building 31, Room 2A32
Bethesda, MD 20892
Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths
11 Belgrave Road
London, SW1V 1RB
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Infants Remembered In Silence, Inc. (IRIS)
112 Third Street NE
Faribault, MN 55021
Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support, Inc.
402 Jackson Street
Saint Charles, MO 63301
Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois, Inc.
6010 Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532
CJ Foundation for SIDS, Inc.
HUMC: WFAN Pediatric Center
30 Prospect Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601
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Last Updated: 7/11/2012
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