cot death


cot death
= sudden infant death syndrome; = SIDS
the sudden unexpected death of an infant less than two years old (peak occurrence between two and six months) from an unidentifiable cause. There appear to be many factors involved, the most important of which is the position in which the baby is laid to sleep: babies who sleep on their fronts (the prone position) have an increased risk. Other factors increasing the risk include parental smoking, overheating with bedding, prematurity, and a history of cot death within the family. About half the affected infants will have had a viral upper respiratory tract infection within the 48 hours preceding their death, many of these being due to the respiratory syncytial virus.

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  • cot death — cot deaths N VAR Cot death is the sudden death of a baby while it is asleep, although the baby had not previously been ill. [BRIT] In developed countries, cot death is the main cause of death between the ages of one week and one year... Doctors… …   English dictionary

  • cot death — n chiefly Brit SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME * * * the sudden unexpected death of an infant less than two years old (peak occurrence between two and six months) from an unidentifiable cause. There appear to be many factors involved, the most… …   Medical dictionary

  • cot death — cot .death n BrE the sudden and unexpected death of a baby while it is sleeping American Equivalent: crib death …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cot death — ► NOUN Brit. ▪ the unexplained death of a baby in its sleep …   English terms dictionary

  • cot death — cot ,death noun count or uncount BRITISH SIDS …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cot death — noun sudden and unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant during sleep • Syn: ↑sudden infant death syndrome, ↑SIDS, ↑infant death, ↑crib death • Hypernyms: ↑death, ↑sleep apnea * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • cot death — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms cot death : singular cot death plural cot deaths British the sudden death of a young baby while he or she is sleeping, with no obvious cause …   English dictionary

  • cot death — noun The unexplained death of a baby, usually while sleeping. Syn: crib death, sudden infant death syndrome …   Wiktionary

  • cot death — noun (C) BrE the sudden and unexpected death of a healthy baby while it is sleeping; crib death AmE …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cot death — /ˈkɒt dɛθ/ (say kot deth) noun the sudden and apparently inexplicable death of a child while sleeping. See sudden infant death syndrome …   Australian English dictionary


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