Sleep-Related Infant Deaths on the Rise

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October is National Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) Awareness month. 

About 3,500 infants die every year in the U.S. from sleep-related deaths.

The number of babies that die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has been falling, however, the number of babies dying from accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed skyrocketed 184% from 1999 to 2015, according to statistics released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). 

The AAP suggests creating a safe sleep environment for your infant to reduce the risk of a sleep related death. 

They say parents should not share a bed with their babies, but they should share a bedroom. 

Sleeping in the parents room, in a safe surface, lowers a baby’s chance of SIDS by as much as 50%.

Despite the recommendations, the new analysis shows that bed sharing, or co-sleeping is on the rise. 

In 2015, there were 47 sleep related infant deaths across 22 Wisconsin counties.

The Center for Childhood Safety (CCS) is committed to continuing to educate families and caretakers about practices to prevent infant deaths related to unsafe sleep practices. 

Together with community partners, CCS has been making great strides to promote the AAP’s safe sleep recommendations, provide safe sleep education and resources – such as portable cribs, pack n plays and sleep sacks to parents, grandparents, child care providers and hospitals.

Through its Safe Sleep Program throughout Brown County, CCS has distributed 436 pack n plays, since 2013, to area families in need of a safe sleep environment for their infant.

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