Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUID) was classified as the cause of death for 211 Connecticut infants from 2002 to 2010 as reported by the CT Office of the Child Advocate and the Child Fatality Review Panel in a ten year report on the examination of CT child fatalities. Of these SUID deaths, 117 were classified as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) , 77 infant deaths were classified as undetermined and had one or more risk factors associated with an unsafe sleep environment, and 17 were infants that died from suffocation which is typically a child wedged in an adult bed or chair.
To reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death:
- Always place baby on his or her back to sleep for all sleep times, including naps
- Room share—keep baby's sleep area separate, but in the same room where you sleep
- Use a firm sleep surface, free from soft objects, toys, blankets, and crib bumpers
Learn more about ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death at www.nichd.nih.gov/sids