October 3, 2022

SIDS Deaths Rise On New Year’s Day


SIDS is the leading cause of deaths amonth infants aged 1 month to 1 year old

Every year on New Year’s Day there is a dramatic spike in the number of Sudden Infant Death Syndromes or SIDS. Researchers say it goes up 33 percent on that day. Caregivers drinking on New Year’s Eve to ring in the new year seems to be to blame.

New Year’s Day sees a highest number of SIDS cases than any other day according to David Phillips, PhD, a San Diego sociology professor at the University of California. The research has been published in the online journal called “Addiction.” The study is the first one that has been done nationwide to explore the connection between caregiver and alcohol consumption and SIDS deaths.

Phillips makes it very clear that it’s not the alcohol alone that causes the SIDS deaths, but it is definitely a factor.

The other days that also have high SIDS deaths are April 20, which is known as Weed Day and July 4 because it too is another high alcohol consumption day. Another interesting finding is weekends also have higher SIDS rates than weekdays.

The nationwide study lasted from 1973 to 2006. In that time, they studied 129,090 cases of SIDS.

The study also showed that babies that had mothers that drank were twice as likely to die of SIDS. Research will continue since SIDS is the leading cause of death in babies between 1 month and 1 year old.