Most Sudden Infant Deaths Involved Unsafe Sleeping Practices, Study Indicates

Posted on April 02, 2024

The Washington Post (3/31) reports over “three-quarters of sudden infant deaths involved multiple unsafe sleep practices, including co-sleeping, a recent analysis suggests.” The study published in Pediatrics examined “7,595 sudden infant death cases in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention registry between 2011 and 2020. The majority of deaths occurred in babies less than 3 months old.” Data indicate “59.5 percent of the infants who died suddenly were sharing a sleep surface at the time of death, and 75.9 percent were in an adult bed when they died.”

AAP News: Study: Most infants who died unexpectedly had multiple unsafe sleep practices