Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (C/N)

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS and also known as crib death and cot death, is a condition in infants from the ages of approximately two months to one year of age. It is characterized by the unexpected and unexplained sudden death of an infant, usually during the night. Thought the exact cause of SIDS remains unknown, several risk factors have been identified, including: Exposure of the infant to tobacco, improper sleeping posture of the infant, formula feeding, and mold. Genetic factors can also contribute to the probability of an infant succumbing to SIDS, and curiously male infants are %50 more likely to succumb than females. In 2005, SIDS was responsible for .543 infant deaths out of 1,000 (CDC data).

In 1989, the Costa Rican midwife Elena Morales witnessed a group of three Procompsognathus eating an infant that they had killed, however, she reported the death as an incident of SIDS in order to avoid being criticized for leaving the infant unattended. (Jurassic Park, page 28)