Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the #1 cause of death for healthy infants under the age of 1 in Canada.
For nearly 40 years, the Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (CFSID) has been Canada’s only foundation solely focused on SIDS, and also dedicated to reducing infant mortality and other sudden and unexpected infant and child deaths including stillbirth and miscarriage.
Since our inception in 1973, we have pursued our mission through research, advocacy and a peer-to-peer bereavement support network to assist families who have faced the tragic loss of an infant.
Important International Study on SIDS & Bed Sharing
In a major new analysis of five major case control studies released in May 2013, clear evidence of the dangers of bed sharing was presented worldwide. The study concluded that bed sharing presents a five-times greater risk of SIDS, even when the baby is breastfed, neither parent is a smoker, and the mother is not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As a result, a significant decrease in SIDS and accidental death rates could be achieved if parents avoid bed sharing. CBC news coverage is available here. The original study from the British Medical Journal (Open Access) is here.
New CFSID Baby's Breath Forum
In response to goals to provide more interactive web services and forums to our community, we are pleased to announce a test-launch of a new online forum for those we serve. This forum will permit the posting of questions and answers from our community and CFSID staff. We look forward to your feedback regarding this new tool. Please click here to access CFSID’s new Baby's Breath Forum.
Policy and Advocacy
In partnership with the Canadian Pediatric Society, Canadian Institute of Child Health and Health Canada, we were pleased to issue a 2011 Joint Statement on Safe Sleep through the Public Health Agency of Canada. This Joint Statement provides all infant caregivers with practical guidance regarding safe sleep practices in Canada. Please find a link to the Joint Statement on Safe Sleep here.