Can anyone tell which infants are at risk of dying of SIDS?
While much has been learned about SIDS, we are still baffled as to its cause or causes and how to prevent it. Researchers are now able to identify certain common elements about the babies who die, about their parents, and even about the death itself. These are referred to as “risk factors.” But this does not mean that the majority of SIDS cases have several or even one of these elements in common – only that they have been seen more frequently in infants dying due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome than in other infants. It is important to remember that associations and risk factors are not causes. Clearly, the vast majority of SIDS babies were well nourished, well cared for, and in apparent good health prior to death. Many researchers think that what we now call SIDS will one day be found to be a number of disease processes that, on the surface, appear to be similar. Because we cannot pin down a cause of SIDS, no definitive tests are available that would enable doctors to identify a baby