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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexplained death of an infant younger than one year old. Some people call SIDS "crib death" because many babies who die of SIDS are found in their cribs. SIDS is the third leading cause of death among newborn infants in the United States. More alarmingly, SIDS is the leading cause of death among otherwise healthy infants between the ages of 2 and 4 months.

At least 1 out of 5 cases of SIDS in the U.S. occur in child care centers. Center directors have been held liable in court, and no caregiver wants to discover a SIDS case in the crib, so steps must be taken to ensure that all caregivers receive proper, ongoing SIDS training.

Recently, many states have begun requiring SIDS/SUID training, which is a change from the standard SIDS training they have required for many years. This has raised some confusion in the industry, because the term SUID (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death) is very different from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). First of all, SUID is not a cause of death. Instead, SUID is a categorization for a death that is unexpected and requires investigation to determine the cause. Most often, SUID deaths occur in the sleep environment. Sometimes, the underlying cause of a SUID may in fact be identified (e.g., suffocation, genetic disorder, undiagnosed illness or injury); sometimes it will be listed as "unknown cause," and sometimes the investigator determine that the cause is SIDS.


Reducing the Risk of SIDS
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A lack of answers is part of what makes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) so frightening. SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old, and claims the lives of about 2,500 infants each year in the United States. It remains unpredictable despite years of research.involved in making healthier meals and snacks.  View Article 

     American SIDS Institute      
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As a result of efforts by the Institute and other organizations, the sudden infant death rate is at an all-time low. However there are still about 4,000 sleep-related infant deaths that occur each year in the US. Our research is aimed at identifying possible medical vulnerabilities that put infants at greater risk for sudden death. View Article 
This Month's Trial Course: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome  
CCEI offers CCEI117: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of October, in recognition of SIDS awareness month.

This course is designed to increase knowledge about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and to inform early care professionals of risk reduction strategies. As a result of participating in this course, participants should be able to define SIDS, identify SIDS as the leading cause of death of infants between one month and one year of age, and more. 
Alumni Profile 
Sarah Pierce
Howell, MI

Congratulations to Sarah for successfully completing the Online Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate Program of Study!

Sarah began her career in early childhood education as a teenager by babysitting for family members and family friends. She enjoys spending time with the children in her care during sensory time each morning, while the children's favorite time of day is message board planning in the morning and sing along time in the afternoon! Sarah is motivated by seeing the children in her care grow and develop. She says, "Being a lead teacher is a career I am very passionate about. Seeing their smiles and hearing their laughter during the day is what makes me love working with them constantly."
In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband by going to the movies or spending time at the lake. She is currently taking classes to earn her bachelor's degree in Child Psychology, and hopes to become a school counselor down the road. Sarah recommends CCEI to everyone and says, "I loved the opportunity to participate in the CCEI program to earn my CDA credential! Not only did it help me obtain a lead teacher position, but it always expanded my knowledge about child care and child care development!"

Congratulations, Sarah! CCEI is proud to call you a graduate!  

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