Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) (cont.)
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Most counties throughout the United States have access to support services for families following a SIDS death. Each family's grief is unique. However, many families who have experienced SIDS have found it helpful to use the counseling resources that may be provided through public-health nursing agencies, local coroner, or medical examiner offices, or information and counseling programs based at many children's hospitals across the country. Assistance with identifying these counseling programs is provided at the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs web site.
Patrick L Carolan, MD
Shahram Tabib, MD
Thomas Tsou, MD
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Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is defined as the sudden death of an infant younger than 1 year that remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including the performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the scene of death, and review of the clinical history.