Crib death


Crib death
The sudden and unexpected death of a baby with no known illness, typically affecting infants from 2 weeks to 6 months of age while sleeping. Crib death is now called Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Babies at an increased risk for SIDS include those with a brother or sister who died of SIDS; children whose mothers smoked or used heroin, methadone, or cocaine during pregnancy; infants born weighing less than 4.4 pounds (2000 grams); children with an abnormal breathing pattern with long periods without taking a breath (apnea); and babies who sleep on their stomachs. Since babies who sleep on their stomachs are at least 3 times more likely to die of SIDS than babies who sleep on their backs, children’s health authorities such as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend always placing infants on their backs to sleep.

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Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • crib death — crib deaths N VAR Crib death is the sudden death of a baby while it is asleep, although the baby had not previously been ill. [AM] (in BRIT, use cot death) …   English dictionary

  • crib death — n AmE the sudden and unexpected death of a baby while it is asleep British Equivalent: cot death …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • crib death — n. SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME * * * …   Universalium

  • crib death — crib ,death noun count or uncount AMERICAN the sudden death of a baby while it is sleeping …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • crib death — crib′ death n. pat sudden infant death syndrome • Etymology: 1965–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • crib death — n. SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME …   English World dictionary

  • crib death — noun sudden and unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant during sleep • Syn: ↑sudden infant death syndrome, ↑SIDS, ↑infant death, ↑cot death • Hypernyms: ↑death, ↑sleep apnea * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • crib death — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms crib death : singular crib death plural crib deaths American cot death …   English dictionary

  • crib death — The sudden and unexpected death of a healthy child who is younger than one year old, usually during sleep. The cause of crib death is not known. Also called sudden infant death syndrome and SIDS …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • crib death — SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, suffocation of a baby while sleeping in a crib …   English contemporary dictionary


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