Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants under a year old.
There are a variety of products parents are buying in hopes of keeping their babies safe, but the medical community warns that no product can guarantee complete prevention.
Kelly Corona remembers the night her son, Jacob, stopped breathing.
"I just remember thinking, this can't be it, he's going to come back, he has to come back," Corona says.
Within minutes, her baby boy was white, limp and cold. She administered CPR and he was rushed to the hospital.
"I can't get that picture out of my head," she says.
She recalls running to his crib after hearing a loud signal from a specially-designed monitor. The device would alert her if Jacob completely stopped moving for more than a few seconds.
Corona says she still has her happy, healthy boy thanks to the Snuza monitor.
Like many parents, Corona purchased the monitor as an added layer of protection to prevent SIDS.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 4,500 infants suddenly die with no obvious cause every year.
"It's sort of a diagnosis of exclusion where they can't find another reason for the death at a time when the baby was sleeping," says Lisa Schutlz, a neo-natal intensive care nurse at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Since no one knows what causes SIDS, no product or device can prevent it or even reduce the risk.
That's why many popular products like the Snuza and Angelcare Mattress are marketed as "parenting aids" and not "health monitors."
The American Academy of Pediatrics has found unproven SIDS protection claims on a number of other products ranging from monitors and mattresses, to pillows and positioners.
Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration has never approved a product to prevent or reduce the risk of SIDS.
Overwhelmingly, preventative care is the medical community's recommendation for parents.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a baby should always sleep on their back on a firm surface either in a crib or bassinet.
They should be placed on a mattress with only a fitted sheet. Never place pillows, comforters, bumper pads or stuffed toys in the crib that could suffocate the child.
They should sleep alone, because sleeping with an adult increases the risk of SIDS. Parents could inadvertently roll onto their infant, or the baby could get tangled in the sheets and be strangled.
Stomach sleeping, cigarette smoke, preemies and soft bedding have all been linked to increased risk of SIDS.
When new parents are determining sleeping arrangements or creating a sleep area for their baby, be sure to communicate this with grandparents, siblings, relatives and friends.
Anyone who may be putting your baby down to sleep should know how to keep the child safe.
While the true cause of SIDS remains a mystery, preventive practices like the ones mentioned have been proven to dramatically reduce the risk.
Nevertheless, the decision of whether to purchase products on the market aimed at preventing SIDS is completely up to parents.
Copyright 2013 America Now. All rights reserved.
The following information is from the Snuza product website (Source: https://www.snuza.info/).
Lisa Schultz is a Neo-natal Intensive Care nurse at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC, and she shared the following information:
Kelly Corona is the mother America Now interviewed for this story.
The following information is from BabyZone.com in an article entitled "SIDs and Baby Sleep Monitors" (Source: http://www.babyzone.com/newborn/newborn-health-and-safety/child-view-monitor-sids-prevention_65654).
The following information is from USA Today in an article entitled "Study casts doubt on value of SIDS monitors" (http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2001-05-01-sids-monitors.htm).
The following information is from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in an article entitled "Do Baby Products Prevent SIDS? FDA Says No" (Source: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm275847.htm).
The following information is from Medline Plus in an online article entitled Sudden infant death syndrome" (Source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001566.htm).
The following information is from healthychildren.org in an article entitled "Reduce the Risk of SIDS" (Source: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/Preventing-SIDS.aspx?nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token).
The following information is from the Mayo Clinic in an article entitled "Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)" (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sudden-infant-death-syndrome/DS00145/DSECTION=risk-factors).
The following information is National Public Radio in a Science and Medicine special series entitled "Rethinking SIDS: Many Death No Longer A Mystery" (Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/15/137859024/rethinking-sids-many-deaths-no-longer-a-mystery).
The following information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an online article entitled "Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)" (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/sids/).
The following information is from the Angelcare product website (Source: http://www.angelcare-monitor.com/United-States/en/products/angelcare-monitor-AC300).
2362 U.S. Hwy 11