near miss sudden infant death syndrome
Definition A self-explanatory term for a prolonged, usually nocturnal apnoeic period in an infant, in whom the non-fatal outcome of apnoea is attributed to continuous monitoring and timely response by carers.
Near-miss SIDS infants may have enlarged adenoids or nasopharyngitis which responds to adenoidectomy. This diagnosis has been kicking around since the mid-1980s. Per Australian paediatric practice, the term should not be used at all, given the lack of data linking Apparent Life Threatening Events and SIDS.
Synonyms Aborted SIDs, close call SIDS, near SIDS