crib death

noun
variants: US crib death or British cot death

Definition of crib 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

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The niece had lost an infant daughter to crib death and was distraught, so Ms. Dussourd took custody of the boys. New York Times, "Maryetta Dussourd, 74, Dies; Raised Early Alarm on Abusive Priests," 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, "Exhausted New Parents Turn to Sleep Coaches for Their Babies," 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, "The History of Talking About Miscarriage," 23 Apr. 2018 Genetics may make some babies more vulnerable to SIDS or 'crib death' » March 23rd is National Puppy Day. Alan Mozes, chicagotribune.com, "Babies given antacids, antibiotics may have higher risk for allergies, asthma," 3 Apr. 2018

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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