Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Infants who are swaddled while they sleep have an increased risk of SIDS, and the risk increases with age.
Better pre- and neonatal care, highere rates of breast feeding, and lower rates of smoking during pregnancy have contributed to overall lower rates of infant mortality.
Overall, the number of children who died due to accidents decreased 29% from 2000 to 2009.
Since the Back-to-Sleep campaign kickoff in 1994, fewer SIDS infants are found prone, and almost all had at least one defined risk factor.
About one in six U.S. adults regularly engages in binge drinking, which accounts for more than 40,000 alcohol-related deaths every year, the CDC reports.
Does the supine position increase an infant's choking risk? Are babies really more comfortable sleeping on their bellies? At what age do pacifiers lead to dental problems?
National recommendations for SIDS prevention are too general and do not address individual environmental and cultural factors that may influence risk.