A lack of answers is part of what makes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) so frightening. SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants who are 1 month to 1 year old, and claims the lives of about 2,500 infants each year in the United States. It remains unpredictable despite years of research.

As the name implies, SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant who is younger than 1 year old. It is a frightening prospect because it can strike without warning, usually in a seemingly healthy infant. Most SIDS deaths are associated with sleep (hence the common reference to "crib death"), and infants who die of SIDS show no signs of suffering.

While most conditions or diseases usually are diagnosed by the presence of specific symptoms, most SIDS diagnoses come only after all other possible causes of death have been ruled out through a review of the infant's medical history and environment. This review helps distinguish true SIDS deaths from those resulting from accidents, abuse, and previously undiagnosed conditions, such as cardiac or metabolic disorders.

When considering which babies could be most at risk, no single risk factor is likely to be sufficient to cause a SIDS death. Rather, several risk factors combined may contribute to cause an at-risk infant to die of SIDS.

Most deaths due to SIDS occur between 2 and 4 months of age, and incidence increases during cold weather. African-American infants are twice as likely and Native American infants are about three times more likely to die of SIDS than caucasian infants. More boys than girls fall victim to SIDS.

For parents and families who have experienced a SIDS death, there are many groups, including the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance, that provide grief counseling, support, and referrals. Growing public awareness of SIDS and the steps to reduce infants' risk of sudden death hopefully will leave fewer parents searching for answers in the future.

What can you do?

Every little bit helps.


  • Talk about SIDS to everyone you know, teach them steps to possibly reduce the incidences of SIDS


  • Direct people to this website, www.kristvaag.com/nora, to learn more


An exclusive bracelet from Cherish Designs Jewelry honoring Nora and helping to raise awareness of SIDS!

Proceeds benefiting First Candle/SIDS Alliance

E-mail me at : kpcherish@gmail.com for more information!

The first piece is a double strand Princess Design that promotes awareness by incorporating the colors of infant loss and SIDS awareness, light blue and light pink, and the slogan “END SIDS” on the second strand. (With the awareness ribbon block separating the words). The first strand acts as a memorial to a child lost to SIDS by incorporating his or her name. We finish the bracelet with the universal symbol of awareness, the ribbon charm.

The second piece is the single strand Princess Design also done in SIDS awareness colors and also incorporating the slogan. On this bracelet we added the rocking horse to signify hope that through awareness and research, no child is lost in childhood due to SIDS again!

Note: Either the awareness ribbon charm or the rocking horse can be used on either bracelet.

Two strand princess: $132

One Strand Princess: $79

(Prices do not include sales tax and shipping and handling)

Please allow up to three weeks for delivery!

Contact me at: kpcherish@gmail.com


Julie, Nora's daycare provider, has generously offered to donate 100% of her profits on any Mary Kay purchase when purchased through her website.

Simply type: Nora's SIDS Research in the customer comment box when checking out!


Simply renew your favorite magazine subscriptions, subscribe to new magazines, or give gift subscriptions to friends, relatives, and/or business associates and save up to 85% off newsstand prices. 40% of your purchases will benefit American SIDS Institute! You can also invite your friends and family to participate in these super savings and help this charitable cause.


Host a party or simply call Barb direct to place an order. Just mention Nora's SIDS Research to her, and she'll dontate her profits to SIDS research!


If you are interested in sponsoring any fundraising events for SIDS,
please contact me at kathleen@kristvaag.com