What is SIDS?Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden death of an infant younger than one year of age that remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene and review of the infant's and family's clinical histories.
SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants from one month to one year of age.
SIDS is a diagnosis of exclusion, in which the cause of death can be determined only after ruling out other causes.
Risk FactorsThe Washington County Child Fatality Review identifies potential risk factors that can be modified to reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths:
- infant's sleep position
- sleep location
- exposure to smoke during pregnancy and after birth
- overheating while sleeping