Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) | Episode 083

Episode summary introduction:

It’s devastating to hear parents that have lost their children to death, especially unexpectedly. I feel as though it’s not the natural order of how things should be. There is a term for children who have lost their parents. They’re called orphans. When a spouse loses another they are called widows. I did not know there was a term for a parent that loses a child until I researched this topic. Because the term didn’t exist until around 2009, vilomah.

Topic 1:

According to the American SIDS Institute SIDS was first defined in the late 1960s and was refined in 1991. It is known as “the sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history”.

Topic 2:

The issue is that SIDS has no symptoms or warning signs. Babies who die of SIDS seem to be healthy, even before being put to bed. They show no struggle signs and are often found in the same position in which they were placed to sleep. However, there are risk factors you need to know.

Topic 3:

SIDS is preventable. There are many tips and safety measures from CDC and videos on how to help prevent SIDS. See our references below.


As new parents we already tend to be helicopter parents. We’re counting ounces and diapers. The last thing we need to worry about is if our babies will wake up from their naps or from sleeping. Do what’s best for you and your baby by putting them on their backs to sleep.


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