Ignoring Safe Sleep Progress Risks Increasing Safe Sleep Deaths

(This post is duplicated from an original NICHQ article accessed 3/9/18.)

Ignoring Safe Sleep Progress Risks Increasing Safe Sleep Deaths – NICHQ Insights

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a journal article and commentary focused on national and state trends in sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs). The study concluded that national SUID rates have stagnated and this is an opportunity for states to re-examine their efforts to improve safe-sleep practices. The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) couldn’t agree more that these statistics invite increased focus on sleep-related deaths. However, along with understanding where progress has stalled, there is much to learn from progress that has been made and take steps to leverage those successes. That is happening in many NICHQ-led, Health Resources and Services Administration-funded projects.

Multiple NICHQ initiatives focus on infant safe sleep practices. Keep reading for ideas on reducing sleep-related infant deaths across the country.