There is an incredible amount of information available about SIDS, so much it can be difficult to keep up. Below are resources we have found highly credible and helpful.
Boston Children’s Hospital
Dr. Hannah Kinney is an Associate Professor of Pathology at Boston Children’s, and she is among the leading SIDS researchers in the world. Boston Children’s has several pages on their website that discuss SIDS. We really like these pages because they are from a very credible source, concise and easy to follow. This is a great place to start if you have not read much about SIDS in a while.
Children’s National Hospital
Dr. Rachel Moon Is a practicing pediatrician, and on the faculty at Children’s National Medical Center, as well as a Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Science. Dr. Moon is an internationally recognized expert on SIDS. She has served as the Chairperson for American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Task Force on SIDS, and was the lead author of the AAP’s 2011 Recommendations for reducing SIDS.
SUID/SIDS Resource Center at Georgetown University
This online resource center is one of the most comprehensive collections of information we have found. The website is funded by the Federal Government, and we really like how information sources are very well documented. There is information here for families as well as professionals. Among the pages we find most informative is the section on SIDS Statistics, but the whole website is good. The training manuals for health professionals is slightly dated, but they have great information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC easily has some of the most credible information. We have observed that many other websites source and ultimately link back to the CDC. The CDC site contains overview information for the general public but also materials for health professionals and death scene investigators. Warning - the materials for death scene investigators is very informative but it can be quite disturbing, especially for those who have lost a child. One of the biggest problems facing SIDS is inconsistency in how data on SIDS is collected. In response, the CDC has spearheaded the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Initiative. We view this initiative among the highest priorities in solving SIDS.