Thursday, August 8, 2013

CDC Grand Rounds on Infant Mortality

The CDC has shared a new report on infant mortality, highlighting the role of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) as a leading cause of death for infants. Risk factors include the following:

  • side or stomach sleeping position,
  • bed sharing, 
  • soft bedding, 
  • exposure to smoke, and
  • prenatal drug or alcohol use by the mother. 

Protective actions against SIDS include

  • room sharing without bed sharing,
  • breastfeeding, 
  • pacifier use, and 
  • immunization. 

AAP recommends putting infants on their backs to sleep every time, using a firm sleeping surface, room
sharing without bed sharing, keeping soft objects away from infants, regular prenatal care, breastfeeding, avoiding smoke exposure, and breastfeeding as much and for as long as a mother can. Additional recommendations include offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime, and avoiding overheating.

Read the full CDC Report

Read more on the VIP Network Safe Sleep Page.