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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome SIDS Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is a traumatic and tragic disease that affects thousands of babies throughout the world every year There is no way of explaining the death of a child that has SIDS and there are no real ways of predicting if it could happen to any baby What makes SIDS even worse is that the source of what exactly may be the cause of it is still unknown Advanced research in the last 30 years has dramatically reduced the number of deaths SIDS not only affects the infants but also the families of the infant and it proves to be a very tough and emotional experience for them So what exactly is SIDS The term SIDS was finally defined in 1969 as the sudden death of an infant or child which is unexpected by history and in which a through post-mortem examination fails to demonstrate an adequate cause of death Culbertson 3 Basically this is another way of saying that it is not known why these babies die SIDS is not a new disease contrary to what some people might believe but it has been happening throughout time unexplained deaths of babies are even recorded in the bible SIDS was probably the most neglected disease ever recorded in history of man It wasnt until recently that major steps were taken to figure out why babies were dying so unexpectedly and what could we do to prevent it from happening So what exactly causes SIDS and is there anything we can do to prevent it Well as of right now the cause of SIDS is unknown We do not know what causes SIDS and there are no consistent warning signs that might alert us to the risk of it However scientists and researchers have discovered many things that might attribute to the
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