First Candle

Our Mission

First Candle is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to safe pregnancies and the survival of babies through the first years of life. Our priority is to eliminate Stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) with programs of research, education and advocacy. First Candle also provides 24/7 bereavement support for grieving families.

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    While cases of abuse misdiagnosed as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) grab the media spotlight, it is actually far more common for the families or caregivers of SIDS victims to be unjustly accused or suspected of wrongdoing. By medical definition, the term SIDS is a postmortem diagnosis affixed when...Read More
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    In 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended both the side and the back sleeping position to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In 1996, however, after reviewing data from various new studies, they revised their recommendation to back sleeping as the only safe...Read More
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    A recent major breakthrough in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) research has provided the most concrete evidence to date that SIDS is not the mystery we once thought. Ongoing research studies by Dr. Hannah Kinney at the SIDS Center of Excellence at Harvard University have identified abnormalities in...Read More
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    If you are worried about your baby, you should always ask your doctor for advice. But there are certain situations when you should call your doctor right away. Don’t wait until the next day to call:
    • If you notice a drastic change in the amount of kicks or type of movements your baby is making.
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    Co-sleeping is a term used by many as an umbrella for anything from bed sharing to room sharing and anything in between. It is a vague term that is very confusing for parents. This confusion can be cleared up by using two distinct terms, bed sharing and room sharing.

    Bed sharing is the practice of falling...Read More
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    After the initial shock and numbness of the first few days begin to wear off, parents often find they are left with prolonged depression. There are “ups-and-downs” that can be brought on by unsolicited mail giveaways of baby products; thoughtless or innocent remarks from persons who do not understand...Read More
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    The Collaborative Home Infant Monitoring Evaluation (CHIME) is a multi-center study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). It was initiated in 1991 and employs a specifically commissioned monitor with multiple innovative capabilities, including substantially...Read More
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    Scientists are exploring the development and function of the nervous system, the brain, the heart, breathing and sleeping patterns, body chemical balances, autopsy findings and environmental factors. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), like other medical disorders, may eventually have more than...Read More
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    There is mounting evidence that suggests many Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) babies are born with brain abnormalities that make them vulnerable to sudden death during infancy. Studies of SIDS victims reveal abnormalities in the “arcuate nucleus,” a portion of the brain that controls most of the ba...Read More
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    A few ways to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) are breastfeeding your baby, not smoking during pregnancy, ensuring good prenatal care, ensuring proper antenatal health care and reviewing proper sleep habits with your child care provider.
    • Recent research provides the strongest
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    At this time there is no direct link to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and genetic predisposition. Metabolic disorders, which can be inherited, have at times been mistaken for SIDS.

    One such disorder, medium chain acylCoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MCAD), prevents the infant from properly...Read More
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    Using a kick count chart is easy! Make sure you note the day you begin counting, your due date and the time of day you will be counting at the top of the chart. Remember, each twist, turn, swish, roll or jab counts as one kick! When you have performed your kick count for Day 1, simply check the box that cor...Read More
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    It is never a good idea to have any kind of wedge or pillow in your baby's crib. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has stated that devices designed to maintain sleep position are not recommended since they have not been sufficiently tested for their safety. It is important to know that no...Read More
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    The Back to Sleep campaign is aptly named for its main recommendation to place healthy infants on their backs to sleep to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The lead partners in this campaign include the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), American...Read More
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    We know that breastfeeding has been shown to be good for babies by building their immunity against illness and infections, in addition to other benefits. Recent research provides the strongest evidence to date that breastfeeding may also reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Mothers...Read More