How Common is SIDS?

If you’re a new or expecting parent, you’re likely eager to learn more about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. How common is SIDS, and what is your child’s risk? We’ve compiled the latest SIDS statistics from top medical sources to help explain the risk factors for this sudden, silent killer.

–Around 2,100 babies died of SIDS in 2010, the most recent year data is available. That same year, around 4,000 infants died of SUID (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death), a classification that includes SIDS as well as accidental deaths. These deaths occurred in infants under one year of age.

–SIDS is the number one cause of death for infants under one year.

–SIDS can occur any time in a baby’s first year, but 90% of SIDS deaths happen before a baby reaches 6 months.

–SIDS death rates in the U.S. have been dropping since the mid-1990’s, due largely to increased public awareness about safe sleep and SIDS risk factors.

–SIDS death rates are slightly higher for some races/ethnicities. For years with the most recent data available, American Indian, Alaskan native and Non-Hispanic black infants had an elevated number of unexpected infant deaths per 100,000 children.

–Babies who sleep on their stomachs are five times more likely to die of SIDS than those who sleep on their backs.

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–Babies who sleep in an adult bed are 40 times more likely to die of SIDS than those who sleep in a safe sleep environment.

–Babies with mothers who smoke are three times more likely to die of SIDS than those whose mothers do not.

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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