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About SIDS

What is SIDS?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome claims the lives of 100 babies a year just within Australia. 90% of SIDS cases happen within the first six months of age.

What causes SIDS?

The causes are unknown.

Why does SIDS happen?

No one knows… It may be a combination of factors where there is an underlying susceptibility within development and an environmental stressor. SIDS has been known to occur in a range of sleeping environments e.g. cot, bassinet, car seat, pram and in people’s arms.  Any time of day or night.

Through evidence based research, we know that some babies may have a problem with the part of the brain that controls breathing and waking.  In this instance these babies don’t respond if their breathing is slightly restricted.

One of the reasons why we are raising funds in Eloise’s memory is because we need to find out why SIDS happens and stamp it out to ensure that no other parent would endure the pain and suffering of the unexpected and unexplained loss of their precious child.

Eloise Barkla
Eloise Barkla died at 12 weeks of age from SIDS
Eloise Barkla died at 12 weeks of age from SIDS