I have an infant son and have become terrified that he'll die of SIDS. I'm dumb about statistics, so I'd like a few examples of things that are more likely to happen to him than SIDS.
I know that the incidence of SIDS is between 1 and 2 per 1,000 births. Logically, I know that this is low, but emotionally I just keep thinking about those one or two babies who will die. It's gotten to the point where I check on my son several times a night, and also sleep on the floor of his room because I'm afraid to leave him (co-sleeping really isn't an option for us - he rolls around a lot in his sleep and doesn't sleep well except in my arms or in his nice, roomy crib). Even though he's not at an elevated risk for SIDS - he's breastfed, had a good birth weight, isn't exposed to smoking, and sleeps in a crib with nothing but a fitted sheet - I can't help but be worried.
It would be reassuring to know some things that are more likely to happen to him than SIDS. For example, I read that 1 in 100 kids get a sports scholarship to a Division I school, so I tell myself that he's more likely to get a basketball scholarship than die of SIDS. I know that this is probably a completely wrong use of statistics, but it makes me feel better.
So are there other outlandish things that have a 1 in 1000 or better chance of happening? I'd love to hear about them.
a picture of the little guy. Please note that I was taking a picture of the blanket and he blinked at the flash - I don't let him sleep that way :-)