The nurse determines that teaching about sudden infant death syndrome has been effective when the patient's mother states which of the following?

"No definite cause of death is found at autopsy."

Explanation

• SIDS is the term use to describe sudden, unexpected death of any infant for whom a postmortem examination fails to determine the cause of death. Recent findings suggest an increased incidence of SIDS in infants who sleep in the prone position.

• Prematurity, low birth weight, exposure to smoke or drugs, non-breastfed babies, sharing a bed with parents, and exposure to mold all increase the risk of SIDS.

• Incorrect: Genetic disorders and breastfeeding do not increase the risk of developing SIDS.

• Incorrect: Respiratory distress syndrome does not cause SIDS.

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