A newly married couple is beyond thrilled to learn they are going to be parents. One
after another doctor and specialist had told them it would not happen. But here they are.
The husband, age 59, and wife, age 41, are about to be the parents of a beautiful baby
girl. It was a once-in-a-lifetime shot at parenthood. They took it and won. Their healthy
baby girl was born on a Friday afternoon, and the proud new dad ran out to buy every
cute stuffed animal he could find. He called all his friends. He was over the moon. Only 1
month later, the baby’s lifeless body was found in her crib. A full 5 years later the father
still could not talk about what happened without falling to his knees in agony.
I was a member of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome’s national board of directors when I witnessed one of his melt downs. I’ve never forgotten it.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a tragic and devastating event that can occur
unexpectedly in seemingly healthy infants. It is the leading cause of death among
infants between one month and one year of age. While the exact cause of SIDS is still
unknown, there are steps that parents and caregivers can take to reduce the risk of
SIDS. At Family Guidance and Outreach, we believe that taking classes about SIDS is
an essential step in protecting infants from this devastating condition. Why? Taking the
simplest precaution, such as putting a baby on his/ her back for all sleep times, is the
leading weapon in the fight against SIDS.
SIDS is a sudden and unexplained death of an infant under the age of one. It often
occurs during sleep and is typically discovered after the fact, as there are no obvious
signs or symptoms of the condition. Although the exact cause of SIDS is still unknown,
research has identified certain risk factors that can increase the likelihood of SIDS
occurring. These risk factors include placing infants on their stomachs to sleep,
exposure to secondhand smoke, overheating, and soft bedding. It’s also been
determined that having a baby sleep in a parent’s bed is also very dangerous. Thanks
to the research funded by the nation SIDS Board of Director’s, the fight against sudden
baby death has more weapons.
By taking classes about SIDS, parents and caregivers can learn about the risk factors
associated with SIDS and the steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of SIDS
occurring. This includes guidance on safe sleep practices, such as placing infants on
their backs to sleep, using a firm and flat sleep surface, avoiding soft bedding and toys
in the sleep area, and keeping the sleep area free from objects that could obstruct the
infant's breathing. The Family Guidance organization has joined with the national Candle organization to make sure the latest information in the fight against SIDS is
made available for the FGO classes.
In addition to learning about safe sleep practices, taking classes about SIDS can also
provide parents and caregivers with valuable information on recognizing the signs and
symptoms of SIDS, and what to do if SIDS is suspected. This can include instructions
on how to perform CPR and other emergency procedures, as well as information on
how to access medical care and support if needed.
At Family Guidance and Outreach, we believe that taking classes about SIDS is an
essential step in protecting infants from this devastating condition. By providing parents
and caregivers with the knowledge and skills they need to reduce the risk of SIDS, we
can help ensure that infants are safe and healthy. If you are a parent or caregiver of an
infant, we encourage you to seek out resources and support in your community to learn
more about SIDS and how to keep your infant safe.
For more information on our classes, please visit our Parenting Class page: PARENTING CLASSES