Sudden Infant Death Syndrome


What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

Each year several thousand healthy infants die suddenly and unexpectedly. Typically these infants are fed, put to bed and found dead. The deaths occur in the first year of life usually between two and six months of age. Most of these babies die during their sleep. The program "Back to Sleep" implemented to reduce prone sleeping has reduced the prevalence of SIDS by about 50%.

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  • Burd, L., Peterson, M., Cedar Face, G., Cedar Face, F., Shervold, D., & Klug, M.G. Efficacy of A SIDS Risk Factor Education Methodology at a Native American and Caucasian Site.Matern Child Health J.2007. 11(4): 365-371.

  • Klug, M.G., Burd, L., Kerbeshian, J., Benz, B., & Martsolf, J.T. A Comparison of the Effects of Parental Risk Markers on Pre- and Perinatal Variables in Multiple Patient Cohorts with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Autism, Tourette Syndrome, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: An Enviromic Analysis.Neurotoxicology and Teratology.2003. 25(6): 707-717.

  • McCulloch, K., Dahl, S., Johnson, S., Burd, L., Klug, M.G., & Beal, J.R. Prevalence of SIDS Risk Factors: Before and After the “Back to Sleep” Campaign in North Dakota Caucasian and American Indian Infants.Clinical Pediatrics.2000. 39(7): 403-410.

  • Burd, L., Gregory, J., & Ford, R. Incidence Rates and Risk Factors for SIDS.Federal Practitioner.1994. 11(11): 53-63.