Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

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    The completely unexpected and unexplained death of an apparently well or virtually well infant.

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    American SIDS InstitutePreventing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Information is available online or through a 24 hour information line. American SIDS InstituteAmerican SIDS Institute
    Cribs for KidsCribs for Kids provides infant safe sleeping environments to low income families throughout the country. Provides safe sleep education to parents and professionals. AlleghenyCribs for KidsCribs for Kids
    Cribs for Kids - Bereavement Support and EducationOffers parent support group meetings for families who have experienced the loss of an infant for any reason (SIDS, medical, accidental). The meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month.AlleghenyCribs for KidsCribs for Kids
    Cribs for Kids - York CountyProvides portable cribs, also known as Cribettes / Pack-n-Plays, to needy families with infants 6 months or younger. Also provides information on SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and safe sleep practices.YorkWellSpan York HospitalWellSpan Health
    Infant Death Grief Counseling24/7 grief counseling helpline for parents and family members struggling with the tragic loss of a newborn baby, whether by stillbirth, SIDS/SUID, or any other reason. Free grief packets available upon request.1314 Bedford Ave, Suite 210, Baltimore MD (Infant Death Grief Counseling)First Candle
    Maternity Care Coalition - Cribs for KidsProvides safe sleep education and a portable crib to families in the Greater Philadelphia area.PhiladelphiaMaternity Care Coalition - Northeast PhillyMaternity Care Coalition
    Maternity Care Coalition - Cribs for KidsProvides safe sleep education and a portable crib to families in the Greater Philadelphia area.PhiladelphiaMaternity Care Coalition - Philadelphia; FairmountMaternity Care Coalition
    SIDS and Infant Loss SupportSupport for families who have suffered the death of a child through Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or any other cause including stillbirth.SIDS and Infant Loss SupportSudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance
    SIDS EducationEducation remains a crucial component of our mission. Our staff presents educational seminars to parents, community groups, physicians, nurses, police officers, high school students, college students, social workers, mortuary school students, infant mortality conferences and child death review teams. Training first responders to treat parents in a compassionate manner during this crisis continues to be a major focus of our education. When investigators are knowledgeable about SIDS and unexpected infant deaths and treat parents in a nonjudgmental manner, this lessens the chance that the family will be traumatized by the death scene investigation. Careful explanation of procedures and compassion for the surviving family help tremendously. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, sometimes called SIDS, or crib death is the "sudden death of an apparently healthy 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). For parents who are expecting a baby or who have a newborn at home, the idea of this phenomenon can provoke concern and confusion. Parents want to know what causes SIDS and what they can do to ensure that their child will not become of the 3,000 infants who die of SIDS each year in the United States. Unfortunately, at this time, the cause or causes of SIDS is still unknown. Most researchers now believe that babies who die of SIDS are born with one or more conditions that make them vulnerable to both internal and external stresses that occur in the normal life of an infant. While the medical community cannot predict which infants will be SIDS victims, or what causes one child and not another to die from SIDS, many researchers through years of work have determined some factors that are not causes of SIDS. SIDS IS NOT: - Caused by vomiting and choking, or minor illnesses such as colds or infections. - Caused by diptheria, pertussis, tetanus (DTP) vaccines, or other immunizations. - Contagious. - Hereditary. - Child abuse. - The cause of every unexpected infant death. SIDS IS: - The major cause of death in infants from 1 month to 1 year of age, with most deaths occurring between 2 and 4 months. - Sudden and silent—the victim was seemingly healthy. - Currently, unpredictable and unpreventable. - A death that occurs quickly, with no signs of suffering, and is usually associated with sleep. - A syndrome the first symptom of which is death. - Determined only after an autopsy, an examination of the death scene, and a review of the case history. - A post-mortem diagnosis established by exclusion. - An recognized medical disorder listed in the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision (ICD-9). - An infant death that leaves unanswered questions and, thus, causes intense grief for parents and families. Knowing that an apparently healthy baby can die of SIDS is frightening for parents. To help ensure that their child is born healthy, parents should take good physical care of themselves. Researchers now know that the mother’s health and behavior during her pregnancy and the baby’s health before birth seem to influence the occurrence of SIDS, but these variables are not reliable in predicting how, when, why or if SIDS will occur. Maternal risk factors include cigarette smoking during pregnancy; maternal age less than 20 years; poor prenatal care; low weight gain; anemia; use of illegal drugs; and history of sexually transmitted disease or urinary tract infection. These factors, which often may be subtle and undetected, suggest that SIDS is somehow associated with a harmful prenatal environment. Allegheny*Main Site (S.I.D.S. of Pennsylvania)S.I.D.S. of Pennsylvania
    SIDS Support GroupsMembers of support groups, counselors, medical and public health professionals, law enforcement personnel, and emergency medical responders, as well as members of the community, may suddenly become involved in the private life of a family. Many parents find it helpful to talk with a member of a peer support group. Others who have experienced a SIDS death can help a newly bereaved parent by sharing his or her grief. Allegheny*Main Site (S.I.D.S. of Pennsylvania)S.I.D.S. of Pennsylvania
    Sleeping Angel FundThe Sleeping Angels Fund is a non-profit fund, founded on February 20, 2002. It is the inspiration of our beloved son, Hunter James Martino, who lost his precious life to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) on September 15, 2001. After experiencing such a horrific loss, we learned how costly a monument can be. We help families, touched by infant death, purchase grave markers/monuments. While suffering with this loss, a parent must also deal with the financial burden. Many families cannot afford a monument after the accumulated costs from the funeral and cemetery. We believe that every child deserves to be remembered. It is our mission to help these families memorialize their precious Angels. The Sleeping Angels Fund is Hunter's gift, so that his memory live forever. See how you can help. If you have been touched by infant death and need our assistance with placing a marker/monument, please fill out our Application to see if you qualify. Currently, due to our resources, Assistance is Only Available in the Pennsylvania Area. Wayne*Main Site (Sleeping Angels Fund)Sleeping Angels Fund
    Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Education, Research, and AdvocacyA national, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting infant health and survival during the prenatal period through age 2 with programs of research, education, and advocacy, while at the same time providing compassionate grief support to those affected by the death of an infant. First CandleFirst Candle

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