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Each year in the United States, more than 4,500 infants die suddenly of no immediately obvious cause. Half of these deaths are due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Because most cases of SIDS occur when a baby is in a crib sleeping, SIDS is sometimes called “crib death.” Cribs do not cause SIDS, however, other aspects of an infant’s sleep environment have been associated with increasing the risks for SIDS.
SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants aged 1–12 months, and is the third leading cause overall of infant mortality in the United States. Although the overall rate of SIDS in the United States has declined by more than 50% since 1990, reducing the risk of SIDS remains an important public health priority. SIDS and suffocation deaths are a significant part of Mississippi’s infant mortality rate – which is the highest in the country. The Child Death Review Panel found that 18 infants in Mississippi died as a result of SIDS. The panel found 6 infants died because of suffocation/asphyxia because they were sleeping in an unsafe sleep environment. Also, 60 infants died of Sleep Related Deaths where they were also in an unsafe sleeping environment, 39 of these were sleeping with an adult.
Information is your best weapon against this unpredictable syndrome. Read on to find out what it is and what you can do.
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The CJ Foundation is a national charitable organization dedicated to recognizing the special needs of the SIDS community through funding of research, support services, and public awareness programs.
First Candle exists to promote infant health and survival during the prenatal period through two years of age.