What Can We Do?
Parents and caregivers can reduce the risk of infant death from suffocation by being aware of and following these safe sleeping practices.
DId You Know?
• SIDS is the most common cause of death in babies 1 - 12 months old.
• Most SIDS deaths happen in the winter.
• Boys are more likely than girls to die from SIDS.
• Black babies are twice as likely to die of SIDS as white babies.
Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) FACTS
About 3,500 babies die every year in the United States from sleep-related deaths, including (Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID).
In Pennsylvania, 75 (13.8 percent) of the 545 infant deaths were SUID-related cases. This is the second-highest cause of death for babies, behind only prematurity.
Other Ways to Keep Baby Safe
• Babies should be held skin-to-skin with mom as soon as possible after they are born, at least for the first hour.
• Take care of yourself and your baby—eat well & see a doctor regularly.
• Stay up to date on all required shots for your baby.
• Give your baby a pacifier at nap time & bedtime.