sudden infant death syndrome

noun

Definition of sudden infant death syndrome 

: death of an apparently healthy infant usually before one year of age that is of unknown cause and occurs especially during sleep abbreviation SIDS

called also crib death

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These important changes have improved children’s lives immensely and have caused sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) rates to decline. Aileen Simons, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The rules of caring for a newborn have changed for the better," 5 July 2018 Breast-feeding is also associated with a lower risk for sudden infant death syndrome; allergies, including conditions like asthma and eczema; celiac disease and childhood inflammatory bowel disease. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Trump Stance on Breast-Feeding and Formula Criticized by Medical Experts," 9 July 2018 Experts point out that the overwhelming evidence of the health benefits linked to nursing — a lower risk for asthma, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and ear and respiratory infections — extend to all countries. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, "When It Comes to Breastfeeding, This Is Why Women Never Feel Like They’re Right," 12 July 2018 Breastfed babies have lower risks of several illnesses, including ear infections, obesity, sudden infant death syndrome, certain infections, and leukemia, Philipp said. Emily Williams, BostonGlobe.com, "Why the US should have supported global breastfeeding initiative," 10 July 2018 Initially, it was thought the baby died from sudden infant death syndrome, Alexander said. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Murder charges filed in cold case involving death of 3-week-old baby," 23 May 2018 Phil Dotson: His daughter Sierra passed away of sudden infant death syndrome. Josh Gelman, CBS News, "New twist in probe of slain NBA star Lorenzen Wright," 12 May 2018 The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office and Milwaukee Children’s Hospital at the time found the deaths resulted from sudden infant death syndrome. Washington Post, "Wisconsin woman to stand trial in 1980s deaths of 3 babies," 2 Mar. 2018 American Indians and Alaskan Natives also have a high prevalence of suicide, substance abuse, liver disease, teen pregnancy, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Native Tribes Could Lose Federal Recognition of Tribal Sovereignty Under Trump," 24 Apr. 2018

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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sudden infant death syndrome

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English Language Learners Definition of sudden infant death syndrome

: the death of a healthy baby that happens for no known reason while the baby is sleeping

sudden infant death syndrome

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Medical Definition of sudden infant death syndrome 

: death of an apparently healthy infant usually before one year of age that is of unknown cause and occurs especially during sleep abbreviation SIDS

called also cot death, crib death

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