Maternity Care: SIDS vs. SUID




Dr. Jaime Fernandez, Pediatric Neonatologist with Homestead Hospital, explains SIDS stands for sudden infant death syndrome: “What’s happened is the nomenclature has changed a little bit, in the sense that now we call it SUID, which is sudden unexpected infant death.”

He also says if you think about it as an umbrella, SUID is the umbrella that covers any kind of infant death, regardless if it’s from a metabolic reason, infectious reason, congenital abnormality, even accident and in criminal activity.

Transcript
This is such a scary topic to talk about, but there are ways to prevent this, so let’s go back to the numbers mentions his 4,000, that is a big number and this is from SIDS or SUID, which is sudden unexpected infant death, so before we dive in, what is the difference between the two?. Absolutely well, first of all thank you for having us here, and thank you for addressing this topic, that’s really it just a you know a tragic night near for any parent that’s experiencing this situation. SIDS stands for sudden infant death, and normally what SIDS was the name for what we used to call crib death, and what’s happened is the nomenclature has changed a little bit, in in the sense that now we call it SUID, which is sudden unexpected infant death, so if you think about it as an umbrella, SUID is the umbrella that covers any kind of infant death, regardless if it’s from a metabolic reason, infectious reason, congenital abnormality, even accident and in criminal activity, where as SIDS is and this is really important to understand this concept, is when the death is completely unexplained, when we don’t know the reason, we don’t have a reason why the baby died, so SIDS is under the umbrella of this SUID.
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