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What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: SIDS is a syndrome marked by the symptoms of sudden and unexplained death of an apparently healthy infant aged one month to one year.
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: sudden and unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant, typically occurring between 3 weeks and 5 months of age, most infants dying at night, and not explained by postmortem data.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: sudden and unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant during sleep.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or a subtype of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Introduction

Types of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome:

Broader types of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome:

How many people get Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

Incidence (annual) of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: 2 per 1,000
Incidence Rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: approx 1 in 500 or 0.20% or 544,000 people in USA [about data]

Who gets Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

Patient Profile for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Infant from 1 to 12 months; about 75% under 6 months

Race Profile for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: African American babies 2-3 times more likely than Caucasian; Native American 3:1.

Racial Information for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: The average infant mortality rate among Native American women is 30% higher than the national average, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), is nearly two times higher. (Source: excerpt from Native American Women's Health: NWHIC)

How serious is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

Complications of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: see complications of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Average life years lost for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: 75.6 in North Carolina1.
Deaths for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: 2,648 deaths (NHLBI 1999)

What causes Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

Causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: see causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Unknown. Possibly hidden brain abnormalities.
Risk factors for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: see risk factors for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

What are the symptoms of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

Symptoms of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: see symptoms of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Complications of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: see complications of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Onset of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: More common in the first year of life.

Seasonality of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: more common in cold months

Can anyone else get Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

More information: see contagiousness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Inheritance: see inheritance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: see treatments for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: see prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Research for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: see research for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Society issues for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome


Hospitalization statistics for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome:

  • 0.0001% (10) of hospital consultant episodes were for sudden infant death syndrome in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 100% of hospital consultant episodes for sudden infant death syndrome required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 60% of hospital consultant episodes for sudden infant death syndrome were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 40% of hospital consultant episodes for sudden infant death syndrome were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Name and Aliases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Main name of condition: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Other names or spellings for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome:

SIDS, Cot death, Crib death

SIDS Source - Diseases Database

SIDS, Infant death, Crib death, Cot death
Source - WordNet 2.1

SIDS
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome:



Footnotes:
1. Years of Potential Life Lost in North Carolina, NCMJ March/April 2002, Volume 63, Number 2
 

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