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December 10, 1973

Medical News

JAMA. 1973;226(11):1291-1302. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230110001001

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Until crib death problem is solved, victims' parents need more help  As a cause of death in infancy, this disease is second only to accidents and the complications of the first week of premature neonatal life. It will claim at least 8,000 lives this year—and not a thing can be done to predict or prevent it.Crib death—more formally, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)—could almost be said to be hardest on the survivors. All the clinical evidence indicates that the infant dies suddenly, silently, and without waking. For the parents who discover him in his crib, though, life can easily become a waking nightmare, in which the normal grief of bereavement is complicated by the gnawing sense that some act or omission of theirs brought on their baby's death.Until quite recently, when the birth rate in the United States began to fall, the problem was even worse, at least numerically: some