Baby lying on bed; mother holding hand Listen to TipAudio
Interested? Take the Next Step
WASHINGTON (RushPRnews) 02/12/09-From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Iâ€™m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat. Researchers say the number of infant deaths from accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed has increased fourfold between 1984 and 2004.
Carrie Shapiro-Mendoza of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bases that on U.S. death certificate data. Shapiro-Mendoza thinks some of the increase might be due to certifiers moving away from SIDS and towards reporting suffocation as a diagnosis. But the reasons are unclear.
[Carrie Shapiro-Mendoza speaks] “The safest sleep environment is close to his parents or caregivers but on a separate sleep surface. Infants should always be placed to sleep on their backs on a firm mattress. And the sleep surface should be free of pillows, quilts, comforters and any stuffed animals.â€™â€™
The study is in the journal Pediatrics.
Learn more at hhs.gov. HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Iâ€™m Ira Dreyfuss.
Last revised: February, 12 20