SIDS is an acronym for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. SIDS is the sudden death on an infant (under 1 year of age) whose death can not be explained by case investigation. The typical scene involves a care-taker going in to check on the quietly sleeping infant only to find them unresponsive and not breathing. It is a horrible situation for all involved in the sense that the parents are never given a true reason for the death making it difficult to grieve for the significant loss they suffered. I, myself, was a nanny for a family who had the misfortune of a SIDS death and I am not sure any of us were the same afterwards. I can only thank God I was not the one who was responsible for Alex at the time of his passing.
Needless-to-say, that after such a defining moment in my life, I have always watched for research on this terrible syndrome. World wide, 1 child in every 2,000 born will succumb to SIDS making it a threat for all of us.
Research, until recently, had not been promising. However, in Monterotondo, Italy, some interesting results came from a study on mice. Baby mice engineered to have defective serotonin regulation unexpectedly died with what looked much like sudden infant death syndrome. To read the research study, click here. I can only hope and pray that this new study will shed some light on this subject and perhaps start us on a way to cure.
God bless everyone who has been touched by SIDS and may He be with the researchers out there who search for answers.
For more information on SIDS, visit the American Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Institute web-site