and thank you to Gary Marker!
Gary participated in the 2013 Birdies for Charity by
making a pledge to the Iowa SIDS Foundation. His name was drawn from
the February pledges to win a new Weber Grill from John Deere!
Click here to learn more about this program
and your opportunity to win montly prizes!
The Iowa Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome Foundation is a statewide, non-profit, voluntary health
organization dedicated to providing emotional support to SIDS and
SUID families residing in Iowa, educating professionals and the
general public about SIDS and risk reduction, and funding medical
research into the causes of SIDS. The Iowa SIDS
Foundation is an affiliate of First Candle.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and
unexplained death of an apparently healthy infant younger than one
year of age. SIDS is the unexpected death of an infant which
remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation,
including the performance of a complete
autopsy, death scene investigation, and review of the medical
history. SIDS is known as a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning
all other medical causes that may have contributed to baby's death
have been examined and excluded.
SIDS can happen to any family no matter what race they are,
how much money they make, the age of the parents, or where they live.
SIDS is the leading cause of death of babies from one
month to one year of age. Every year, approximately 4,500
babies die suddenly and unexpectedly in the United States. Of
these about 2,300 are diagnosed as SIDS. The remaining SUID
deaths may include those that were diagnosed as 'undetermined' after
the case investigation, accidental
suffocation due to baby's sleep environment, or positional asphyxia.
Ninety percent of SIDS deaths occur before six months
of age, with the majority occurring between two and four months of
age. SIDS occurs more often
in the winter and early spring months.
SIDS is not contagious or hereditary and is
not caused by parental neglect or abuse.
SIDS is not caused by suffocation, vomiting, or
choking, and is not caused by immunizations.
At one time, SIDS was called Crib Death because these
babies usually die while they are sleeping. However, contrary to
that name, more often than not, these babies are not sleeping in a
crib when they die.
SIDS cannot be predicted nor is it entirely preventable at
this time, but research demonstrates that the risks can be reduced. Click
for more information on how to
reduce the risk of SIDS.
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