Sudden infant death syndrome

Common Name(s)

Sudden infant death syndrome, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Crib death

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby. It is also known as 'crib death'. The exact cause is unknown, but SIDS may be associated with abnormalities in the portion of an infant's brain that controls breathing and arousal from sleep. One of the main ways to reduce the potential risk of SIDS is for infants under 1 year of age to sleep on their backs instead of on their stomachs. Other potential risk factors may include tobacco smoke exposure following birth, poor prenatal care, low birth weight, or overheating from excessive bedding and sleepwear.

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Sudden infant death syndrome" for support, advocacy or research.

American SIDS Institute

The prevention of sudden infant death and the promotion of infant health through research and education.

Last Updated: 26 Mar 2013

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First Candle/SIDS Alliance

First Candle is a national nonprofit health organization committed to safe pregnancies and the survival of babies through the first years of life.With programs of research, education and advocacy we are working to prevent Stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID). We also provide compassionate grief support to anyone affected by the death of a baby through a toll-free crisis hotline at 800.221.7437.

Last Updated: 21 Dec 2012

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Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND)

To help parents, their families, and their healthcare providers cope with the loss of a baby before, during or after birth.

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2013

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Sudden infant death syndrome" for support, advocacy or research.

American SIDS Institute

The prevention of sudden infant death and the promotion of infant health through research and education.

http://sids.org/

Last Updated: 26 Mar 2013

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First Candle/SIDS Alliance

First Candle is a national nonprofit health organization committed to safe pregnancies and the survival of babies through the first years of life.With programs of research, education and advocacy we are working to prevent Stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID). We also provide compassionate grief support to anyone affected by the death of a baby through a toll-free crisis hotline at 800.221.7437.

http://www.firstcandle.org

Last Updated: 21 Dec 2012

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Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND)

To help parents, their families, and their healthcare providers cope with the loss of a baby before, during or after birth.

http://www.handonline.org

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2013

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Scientific Literature

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Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Sudden infant death syndrome" returned 320 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Head covering and SUDEP: lessons from sudden infant death syndrome.
 

Author(s): Carla A Scorza, Lineu Calderazzo, Esper A Cavalheiro, Fulvio A Scorza

Journal: Epilepsy Behav. 2013 Jun;27(3):513-4.

 

Last Updated: 13 May 2013

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Hypophosphatemia as a key factor in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)?
 

Author(s): Theo A T G Van Kempen, Elisabeth Deixler, Martin A Crook

Journal: Ups. J. Med. Sci.. 2013 May;118(2):143-4.

 

Last Updated: 10 Apr 2013

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Sudden infant death syndrome in Korea: a retrospective analysis of autopsy-diagnosed cases.
 

Author(s): Seong Ho Yoo, Angela Julie Kim, Shin-Mong Kang, Han Young Lee, Joong-Seok Seo, Tae Jung Kwon, Kyung-Moo Yang

Journal: J. Korean Med. Sci.. 2013 Mar;28(3):438-42.

 

This study aimed to elucidate the demographic and sleeping environmental factors associated with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in Korea. The autopsy reports of all SIDS cases reported to the National Forensic Service and Seoul National University College of Medicine between ...

Last Updated: 14 Mar 2013

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The terms "Sudden infant death syndrome" returned 30 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Hypoxia at the heart of sudden infant death syndrome?
 

Author(s): Marianne T Neary, Ross A Breckenridge

Journal: Pediatr. Res.. 2013 Oct;74(4):375-9.

 

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is a significant clinical problem without an accepted pathological mechanism, but with multiple conflicting models. Mutations in a growing number of genes have been found postmortem in SIDS cases, notably genes encoding ion channels. This can only ...

Last Updated: 14 Oct 2013

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The physiological determinants of sudden infant death syndrome.
 

Author(s): Alfredo J Garcia, Jenna E Koschnitzky, Jan-Marino Ramirez

Journal: Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2013 Nov;189(2):288-300.

 

It is well-established that environmental and biological risk factors contribute to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). There is also growing consensus that SIDS requires the intersection of multiple risk factors that result in the failure of an infant to overcome cardio-respiratory ...

Last Updated: 28 Oct 2013

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Cell and gene therapy for genetic diseases: inherited disorders affecting the lung and those mimicking sudden infant death syndrome.
 

Author(s): Allison M Keeler, Terence R Flotte

Journal: Hum. Gene Ther.. 2012 Jun;23(6):548-56.

 

Some of the first human gene therapy trials targeted diseases of the lung and provided important information that will continue to help shape future trials. Here we describe both cell and gene therapies for lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis and alpha-1 antitrypsin disorder as ...

Last Updated: 12 Jul 2012

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Last Updated: 25 May 2010

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Changes in Sleep Patterns and Stress in Infants Entering Child Care
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 10 Sep 2014

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The Paediatric Virtual Autopsy Trial; Minimally Invasive, Imaging Guided Virtual Autopsy Compared to Conventional Autopsy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Stillbirth; Newborn Death; Sudden Infant Death

 

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2014

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