Sudden infant death syndrome: What questions should we ask? Academic Article uri icon


  • A limited historical perspective can affect the questions we pose about the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) issue. Evidence is presented from the literature that the SIDS rate in Western countries was low prior to World War II and peaked in the 1980s. An analogy is drawn with the trends in the prevalence of some infectious diseases, and questions are posed from the perspective of a bacterial toxin hypothesis of SIDS causation.

publication date

  • August 1999