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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), or ‘cot death’, is the name given to the unexpected death of a baby, where the cause of death is unknown. In Australia, SIDS accounts for the deaths of more babies between the ages of one month and one year than any known cause. A baby can die of SIDS at any time of the day or night, but most die quietly in their sleep.

The causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) are still unknown. Research, however, has identified several risk factors that may contribute to SIDS.