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February 3rd, 2010
01:00 PM ET

SIDS linked to brain chemical

There may be a link between the brain chemical serotonin and babies who die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Our Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has the report.


Filed under: Health
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  1. Katie

    My daughter, Grace, passed away from SIDS in Aug 08'. I have two older children, and I NEVER thought that this would happen to me. It is so frustrating to have no answer for her death besides calling it SIDS. No parent should have to find their baby in that state. The fear of knowing that it can strike anyone family at time is what is the most terrifying. I truly hope they come closer and closer to finding the cause, and maybe a cure. Every family should be free of the fear that a healthy baby could possible not wake the next day.
    On another note...I would like to thank of the researchers who have not given up on trying to find a cause. Thank you to everyone of them for fighting for the little ones who can't fight from themselves.

    February 9, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
  2. Cindy Moore

    I had a baby boy to die of sids in 1983 he was born with out a thyroid gland also and had to take thyroid replacement meds (synthyroid) He had a small hole his heart that would have eventually closed up they thought. The week before my baby died he had just went through an array of sleep test, body scan, and other testing after all that I never expected to find my baby dead ib his crib I was in the same room with him next to his crib I hope one day there will be some way to stop this awful deaht for the parents as well. It is a painful thing to go through, and I have never forgotten him and never will it seems like yesterday at times. Thank you

    February 4, 2010 at 9:51 pm |
  3. Joseph Daniel Brian Lawlor

    I am curious about the link between these infants deaths and those suffering when older from sleep apnea. The inabilty of the nervous system to relay a message to breath and how that is related to a percentage of new borns presently covered in this story you are working on Elizabeth.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:48 am |
  4. Lori Behrens

    This is a great story, and the video depiction of the babies in their cribs on their backs is great, however, no bumper pads should be in the crib. Removing bumper pads is just one more way to reduce all possible risks!

    February 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm |