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. At the Blossom Method, we have worked with and helped people from all walks of life that are dealing with some of the hardest times in their lives.  We are glad to be able to provide some sense of comfort and welcoming to those who need it most.

Losing a baby to SIDS is a heartbreaking event in life that hopefully you’ll never have to deal with, but if you find yourself in that situation, you don’t have to suffer in silence. We offer one-on-one therapy as well as group counseling services for grief and loss, and we can help you get through this hard time. SIDS is an awful tragedy, but you can make it through.