Study reports potentially overlooked link between staph infection and SIDS

September 15, 2008

According to a study in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, bacterial infections such as Staphylococcus aureus may be a possible cause of suddent infant death syndrome (SIDS).

According to a study in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, bacterial infections such as Staphylococcus aureus may be a possible cause of suddent infant death syndrome (SIDS).

The investigators studied 130 babues who had died of SIDS, 32 who had died suddenly as a result of an infection (SUDI), and 33 who had died of non-infectious causes. While it was rare to find infection at a sterile site in babies who had died of non-infectious causes, it was common to find infection in babies who had died of SIDS or SUDI.

Roughly 10% of babies with SIDS and 20% of babies with SUDI had infections at sterile sites. The infections were found to be caused by Staphylococcus aureus.