crib death


variants US crib death or British cot death
: death of a baby while sleeping that occurs for no known reason : sudden infant death syndrome
… in the conditions of early modern Europe, crib death was all too real.Simon Schama

Examples of crib death in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1960s and early ’70s, Dr. Bergman was president of the National Foundation for Sudden Infant Death, a grass-roots group that supported parents who had lost children to what once was commonly called crib death. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Most of the time, SIDS, sometimes called crib death, happens during sleep. Nada Hassanein, USA TODAY, 30 May 2023 It is pronounced a crib death (what would come to be called SIDS). Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 30 May 2023 After his baby sister’s crib death, the grieving family returned to Ireland on a steamboat. Laurie Gwen Shapiro, New York Times, 10 Mar. 2023 Death typically occurs during sleep and is sometimes known as crib death. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2023 The niece had lost an infant daughter to crib death and was distraught, so Ms. Dussourd took custody of the boys. New York Times, 3 June 2019 The American Academy of Pediatrics’ 2016 advice that babies should sleep in the same room as their parents, in a separate bed, for 6 to 12 months, to guard against crib death, can make sleeping harder for all. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, 28 Aug. 2018 With the help of a volunteer scientist, Gibbs and her community uncovered higher-than-average rates of miscarriage, stillbirth, and crib deaths. Daniela Blei, The Cut, 23 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crib death was in 1944

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“Crib death.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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