It’s hard to know where to start when talking about SIDS and grieving from such a loss. It’s an awful tragedy, and because there are so few concrete answers regarding how it’s caused, how to prevent it, and what you can do to ensure it doesn’t happen to your baby, it’s all the more troubling. SIDS is the leading cause of death for infants ranging one month to one year old, and claims the lives of about 2,500 babies each year. Despite years of research, it remains unpredictable, which can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety on new parents.
Risk Factors for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Despite the fact that SIDS is unpredictable and, as far as we know, mostly unpreventable, there are some things to know and some risk factors to watch out for. That’s not to say that you should make yourself sick with worry, but it is obviously helpful to know before pregnancy that smoking, drinking and drug use can be potential risk factors for SIDS. No single risk factor is likely to be enough to cause SIDS, though, which can make its occurrence even more jarring.
SIDS Grief Support to Begin the Healing Process
If your infant has passed away from SIDS, it can feel impossible to begin the healing process because you can’t get any answers about why it happened. Getting the help you need can be difficult if you don’t know where to start or who to talk to. Your usual support system—family and friends—may not know how to offer you the comfort and help you need.
Grief Counseling and Support Groups
It can feel very defeating to need outside help, but the truth is that you’re not alone in this matter. […]