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Transcript of SIDS
1600's,1700's (accepted practice)
Punishment by Church (water and bread)
1800's Higher on Saturday's nights
1900's Improvement Conditions
"The sudden death of an infant or young child unexpected by history, and in which thorough post mortem examination fails to demonstrate an adequate cause of death."
J. Bruce Beckwith MD 1969
Leading cause of death 1-12 mo old (+2000 e/year) in US
Third leading cause of infant mortality in US
One of the top five causes of death in CA
Responsible for nearly 200 babies' deaths each year in CA
A cause of sudden death that can happen to any family
A recognized medical disorder
Sudden and silent
More likely to occur in male infants
A death often associated with sleep and no signs of suffering or crying out
An infant death that leaves unanswered questions
CA SIDS Program (2011)
A new disease
Caused by the DPT vaccine or other immunizations
Caused by vomiting and choking or by minor illnesses such as colds or infection
Caused by cribs
Contagious or hereditary
Child abuse or neglect
The cause of every unexpected infant death
Preventable, but we can reduce the risk of SIDS
CA SIDS Program, 2011
The sudden death of an
infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted, including a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history.
Beckwith et al, 2004
Control of inflammatory response
Control of brainstem function
Control of cardiac function
AARP Technical Report, 2012
Inadequate prenatal care
Inadequate prenatal education
Alcohol and other drugs
Births less than 1 year apart
Low birth weight
Exposure to tobacco
Prone sleep position
Excess bedding, clothing
Probable anemia AARP, 2012
Back to sleep for every sleep
until 1 year of life
Child Care Centers
20 times more risk
Use a firm sleep surface
Room sharing or Cosleeping
instead of bed sharing
reduces 50% SIDS risk
Keep soft objects and loose
bedding out of the crib
Pregnant women should receive
regular prenatal care
Avoid smoke exposure
during pregnancy and
Avoid alcohol and drugs
Offer a pacifier
at bedtime and
Infants should be immunized
Do not use cardio-
Endorse and teach
to reduce SIDS risk
Physicians and other
Primary Care Providers
Eron et al, 2009
An old disease............
Or is a consequence of modern life?
Syndrome vs Disease
Changes in the body
Myriad of symptoms
"During the night this woman's son
died because she lay on him."
1 Kings 3:19
SIDS in Seattle, Wa.
Marie Valdes-DaPena MD
Critical Developmental Period = 0 - 12 mo