Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) due to Unsafe Sleep Practices and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

More than 90 infants die each year in New York State due to unsafe sleep practices and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Unsafe sleep practices include infants sleeping on their tummies or sides or in places other than cribs/bassinets/play yards, such as adult beds, baby slings, car seats, couches or armchairs. Also unsafe is sleeping with pets, other children or adults, or with blankets or other bedding, crib bumpers, or stuffed toys. SIDS is the sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation. Unsafe sleep and SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants between one month and one year of age, with most deaths occurring when a baby is between two and four months of age.

Infant death due to unsafe sleep practices is preventable. The cause of SIDS is unknown; research is ongoing to learn more about what causes SIDS. What we do know are ways we can reduce the risk of all preventable infant deaths by helping babies sleep safely.

For more information, call the New York State Sudden Infant and Child Death (SICD) Resource Center Helpline, at 1-800-336-7437.

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