Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS, has always been a part of the story of infant deaths in Mobile County. In 2005 over 35% of infant deaths were sleep related. We are proud to report that we now have a part-time SIDS educator, Heather Breeden. Her job is to educate the community and healthcare professionals alike about the risk factors for SIDS and about overall safe sleep for babies. To contact Heather Breeden call (251) 694-5021. She can present SIDS and safe sleep information at no charge, to your healthcare group or parent meetings, large or small.
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What is SIDS?
The sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough investigation including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history.
What is SUDI?
The SUDI connotation gives the facts about the death: it was sudden, it was unexplained, and it was the death of an infant.
The Sudden Unexplained Death of an infant. It differs from SIDS in that it better describes the circumstances within which the infant died. It indicates that the death is unexplained and it eliminates the “syndrome” from the original SIDS label. The word syndrome gives the impression that SIDS may be some form of disease, which it is not.
What SIDS is not:
- An illness
- Child Abuse/Neglect
- Your fault
- Caused by vaccinations
SIDS Risk Factors:
- Baby face down to sleep
- Baby overheated
- Baby near cigarette smoke or people that smoke
- Baby’s first year of life
- Bed sharing
- Baby of teen mother
- Baby of African American mother
- Low birth weight baby
- History of STDs or UTIs
- Mother using alcohol or drugs
SIDS Center website
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