The birth of a child is truly something special. Nine months of preparation and anticipation leading up to one life altering moment, an easy sacrifice for the endless years of delight, hope, and love that children provide. Faced with the endless decisions to be made to protect those that are years away from being able to protect themselves, new parents often find themselves contending with ever-present self-doubt.
Is the car seat installed correctly? Did we purchase the safest crib? Did I swaddle him too tightly? Is she too warm? Is the room drafty?
Even as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends, we’ve experienced our own version of the the joys and challenges that accompany welcoming a new life into the world. What most of us haven’t experienced, however, is the devastation and confusion of having our precious gifts taken from us unexpectedly. Though relatively rare, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is still one of the major fears lurking in the background of parent’s minds.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden unexplained death of a child less than one year of age. It's also known as crib death because it happens most often during sleep, though it can also occur outside of cribs. SIDS isn't any one illness or disease. Rather, it's the diagnosis given when a child under a year old dies suddenly and an exact cause can't be found. Each year in the United States there are nearly 4,000 sudden unexplained infant deaths.
The medical community is still striving to understand the mechanisms that cause unexplained infant deaths, so it is not possible to say that a particular product will prevent SIDS. It is possible, however, to significantly lower the chances of it happening by following safer sleep procedures in combination with potentially life saving products and devices.
How You Can Help.
DirectlyTo's mission is to direct financial support and services directly to those who need it most. We are proud to announce a joint effort with The Johnson Family to raise at least $30,000 to purchase 1000 Newborn Care Packages for new and expecting parents. The Newborn Care Package includes items like sleepers, diapers, baby monitors, and other essentials that newborns need for a safe, restful sleep.
By constructing and delivering Newborn Care Packages to parents of newborns who may otherwise have no knowledge or access to these potentially life-saving products and devices, we are making an effort to prevent as many of these losses as we can. The unexplainable and sudden death of an infant is something that simply can’t be ignored.
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