What is sudden infant death syndrome?

Also known as: SIDS, crib death, cot death.

SIDS (sometimes called crib or cot death) is the term used to describe the unpredictable sudden death of a normal infant less than 1 year of age (usually between 1 month and 1 year), which remains unexplained after all causes of death have been ruled out. Most of these infants die aged < 6 months.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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