The SIDS Network, a Connecticut non-profit organization, has been helping to educate, comfort, and champion the cause of SIDS awareness and research. With your vehicle donation through Donate a Car they can continue to reach out to grieving parents around the world and make information and prevention methods more accessible to parents.
Because the cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is still unknown, one of the most important projects of the SIDS Network is to lobby and speak out in favor of continuing research. Through their parent-to-parent outreach and their efforts to promote and lobby for government funded research projects, they can reach both the grass-roots individuals as well as policy makers.
As research becomes available they update the information on their website, share it through newsletters, and through their network make the information available around the globe by translating the information into 18 languages.
Parent to Parent
Losing a child through death is a parent’s worst nightmare, but it happens frequently. In fact, more children die from SIDS than from cancer, pneumonia, AIDS, child abuse, muscular dystrophy, and cystic fibrosis…combined. Yet even with such a staggering number of children dying from SIDS annually, the journey through grief leaves many parents feeling alone and helpless.
Through their Parent-to-Parent outreach program, the SIDS Network provides a place for parent and families to grieve, to talk about their child, and to process the change that has happened in their life. This kind of connection can provide a space of healing, and advice to help parents deal with the ongoing loss.
As important as dealing with grief is, SIDS Network is also dedicated to spreading the information available to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Through education and dissemination of information, parents can take steps to ensure that their baby is as safe as possible. Here are just a few of the basics they teach:
- “Back to Sleep”- Infants should always be placed on their back when sleeping.
- Infants should sleep on a firm mattress with no soft objects (stuffed toys, pillow, etc.) or extra bedding in the crib.
- Do NOT smoke during pregnancy.
- Sleep close to the baby, SIDS research shows that the number of incidents is reduced when the baby sleeps in the same room as the mother.
These and other recommendations can help new parents do everything in their power to keep their child safe.