October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness month. SIDS is defined by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development as sudden death of an infant < 1 year of age, which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation. Though the exact cause of SIDS is unknown, there are steps you can take to help prevent it. Nurse Sue’s quiz this month takes a closer look at SIDS, its terrible toll on families, and what you can do to protect your child.
Originally founded as the National Back to Sleep campaign by Eunice Shriver in 1994, the Safe to Sleep campaign has helped to reduce deaths from SIDS in the U.S. by 50%. For more information on safe sleep environments, visit their website.