I recently traveled to Washington, DC and had the opportunity to visit my brother’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery. He was killed in action in Iraq in 2007 and I carry my grief with me every single day. Time really does help heal wounds, but his death has been taken the hardest by our parents. I became a mother after my brother’s death. I have a new understanding of the horror a parent must feel when losing a child.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants from one month to one year old. Just as the name implies, SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant. It is incredibly frightening because it often strikes without warning in babies who were seemingly healthy. SIDS is only diagnosed once all other causes of death have been ruled out.
Despite years of research, there is no single factor that is likely to cause SIDS on its own, but doctors urge parents to place infants under the age of one year on their backs to sleep, instead of on their stomach because most cases of SIDS usually occur while the baby is sleeping. Most SIDS deaths occur in babies between two and four months old, and for some reason SIDS deaths increase during cold weather.
Here at Awareness Gift Boutique, we realize that the death of a child is a heartbreaking tragedy in any case, and a death from SIDS leaves so many questions unanswered. We urge you to show your support for all of the parents and loved ones of babies taken from this world too early from SIDS by wearing one of these SIDS Support shirts.
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