The psychologic effects of sudden infant death syndrome on parents

J Pediatr Health Care. Mar-Apr 1993;7(2):77-81. doi: 10.1016/0891-5245(93)90077-u.


Sudden infant death syndrome is the sudden, unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant, accounting for 7,000 to 10,000 deaths per year. For the parents, the unexpectedness and guilt can be overwhelming. The long, difficult grief process has a great effect on marital relationships, surviving siblings, and subsequent children. Increasing the nurse's understanding of the effects of sudden infant death syndrome can enhance the support the parents receive. A caring attitude and follow-up throughout the grief process are necessary.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Aftercare
  • Grief*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Nursing Care
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Sudden Infant Death* / epidemiology