Frequently Asked Questions 

What is SIDS?


Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): The sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted, including a complete autopsy, an examination of the death scene, and a review of the clinical history. SIDS is a type of SUID.


Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID): The death of an infant, less than 1 year of age that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly. After a case investigation, these deaths may be diagnosed as suffocation, asphyxia, entrapment, infection, ingestions, metabolic diseases, cardiac arrhythmias, trauma (accidental or non-accidental), or SIDS. In some cases where the evidence is not clear, or not enough information is available, the death is considered to be from an undetermined cause.


What SIDS is not:

Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB) also is a type of sleep-related SUID. This includes infant deaths related to airway obstruction (asphyxia) in a sleeping environment caused by—

  1. Suffocation by soft bedding—such as a pillow or waterbed mattress.

  2. Overlay—another person overlaying or rolling on top of or against the infant.

  3. Wedging or entrapment—wedging between two objects such as a mattress and wall, bed frame, or furniture.

  4. Strangulation—such as when an infant’s head and neck become caught between crib railings.


Is SIDS still a problem?

There are about 4,200 sudden unexpected infant deaths per year in the United States—half are caused by SIDS.1 The most frequently reported causes are—

  • SIDS—the leading cause of infant death from 1–12 months old.

  • The cause is unknown or undetermined. A thorough investigation was not conducted or after the investigation, the cause could not be determined or remained unknown.

  • Sleep-related suffocation—the leading cause of infant injury death.


**Black and American Indian/Alaskan Native infants are about two times more likely to die of SIDS and other sleep-related SUID than white infants.


Is any research going on now to find a reason?

YES! There are many doctors and researchers around the world who are researching SIDS, the causes, and possible cures. We currently donate towards the research program at Boston Children's Hospital

What are my donations being used for?

We accept donations to help ease the burden of parents who have lost an infant with the costs of final services. Donations are also used to raise awareness for SIDS through events, educational pamphlets, and website overhead costs. Lastly, we use donations to help fund ongoing research for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and support our annual campaigns throughout the year.


How can I help?

If you are interested in hosting an event to raise donations and/or awareness for Hope For Chance, please contact: or message us on our Facebook page!


“Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ed. Division of Public Affairs Associate Director of Communication, Digital Media Branch. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 01 Oct. 2012. Web. 26 Sept. 2013.