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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Overview

Another name for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is SIDS.

What is SIDS?
SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, is a term used to describe the sudden and unexplained death of an apparently healthy infant between the ages of one month and one year. An infant with SIDS dies unexpectedly while sleeping. The cause of SIDS is unknown; the autopsy fails to reveal another cause of death.

What are the symptoms of SIDS?
There are no symptoms associated with SIDS.

How does the doctor treat SIDS?
Treatment for SIDS focuses on assisting the family to cope with the loss of an infant. Treatment may include mental health counseling, and SIDS support groups.

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Last Updated: Mar 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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