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Safe Sleep for Babies

Eliminating hazards

Graphic: Every year there are thousands of sleep-related deaths among babies

 

The decline in sleep-related infant deaths has slowed since the late 1990s.

The decline in sleep-related infant deaths has slowed since the late 1990s
Year Deaths per 100,000 live births
1990 154.6
1991 153.1
1992 143.1
1993 142.4
1994 125.9
1995 113.1
1996 101.4
1997 99.2
1998 94.5
1999 93.9
2000 94.4
2001 94.6
2002 94.5
2003 89.7
2004 92.4
2005 97.5
2006 93
2007 97.5
2008 99
2009 97.1
2010 90.3
2011 86.1
2012 87.6
2013 87.3
2014 87.5
2015 92.6

SOURCE: CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, 1999-2015.

Twenty-five percent of caregivers received incorrect advice on safe sleep practices from healthcare providers. Twenty  percent of caregivers received no advice from healthcare providers. Caregivers who received correct advice (55%) were less likely to place their babies to sleep on their stomach or side.

SOURCE: Pediatrics, September 2017.

Unsafe sleep practices with babies are common.

Unsafe sleep practices with babies are common.
Not Placing Baby on Back to Sleep Any Bed Sharing Any Soft Bedding
Overall 22 61 39
Race/Ethnicity
White 16 53 33
Black 38 77 41
Hispanic 27 67 53
Asian or Pacific Islander 21 77 55
American Indian or Alaska Native 20 84 36
Age of Mother (years)
19 or less 30 77 49
20-24 28 69 46
25-34 19 58 36
35+ 19 57 36

SOURCE: Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), 2015


Graphic: 4 Tips for Parents and Caregivers to Help Baby Sleep Safely

4 Tips for Parents and Caregivers to Help Baby Sleep Safety

1

Place your baby on his or her back for all sleep times-naps and at night.

2

Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib.

3

Keep soft bedding such as blankets, pillows, bumper pads, and soft toys out of baby’s sleep area.

4

Have baby share your room, not your bed.

SOURCE: Pediatrics, October 2016; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

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