The Rate of SIDS drops…but there’s still work to do

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report announcing that infant mortality rates have dropped by 15% and the rate of SIDS by 29%.  That’s a huge success for those of us working in the field of infant health and survival.

While this should be celebrated, there’s still a great deal of work to be done.  Even with this dramatic decline, the United States maintains one of the highest rates of infant death among developed countries.  Additionally, the disparity in infant mortality rates among non-Hispanic blacks versus non-Hispanic whites is nearly double.

Clearly more work still needs to be done.  Education programs about SIDS risk reduction measures including the recently updated Safe Sleep Guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics are helping to bring down the rate of SIDS.  In 2016 CJ First Candle conducted outreach initiatives to daycare care providers, nurses and military personnel to offer products and information on safe sleep.

Whether you are a new parent or know someone who is, please share these life-saving tips:

In addition to new guidelines, the AAP maintains the following recommendations to reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation:

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