A Mother’s Loss

This week, as we consider public health measures that impact children’s development, I am going to focus on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and share information, research and resources on this topic in the blog space.

I decided to explore this topic because our community was recently rocked with the death of an infant on her very first day at child care. I went to high school with the baby’s mother, which makes it all the more real and close to home. Knowing that there can be really no answers when SIDS is at hand.

There is so much to consider in a case like this, both on the part of the provider, which clearly had negligence and issues of their own to deal with, or the notion that the result could have been the same whether at home or at child care.

A local report can be found at this link: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/northampton-county/index.ssf/2016/04/incompetence_negligence_leads.html

One thought on “A Mother’s Loss

  1. I can’t even imagine having to go through this. My heart goes out to the family. I have a brother-in-law whom lost a son to this tragedy a few years ago. I believe that the sad part is having to revisit those emotions if it happens in your home on your watch.
    I read on kidshealth.com that “A lack of answers is part of what makes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) so frightening. SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old, and claims the lives of about 2,500 each year in the United States. It remains unpredictable despite years of research.”
    Knowing that there is not real link that brings about this occurrence is surely frightening.
    Thank you for the link provided, I will read about it.

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