SIDS is the sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case
investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical
history. (Willinger et al, 1991).
In a typical situation parents check on their supposedly sleeping infant to find him or her dead. This is the worst
tragedy parents can face, a tragedy which leaves them with a sadness and a feeling of vulnerability that lasts
throughout their lives. Since medicine can not tell them why their baby died, they blame themselves and often other
innocent people. Their lives and those around them are changed forever.