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Fact Sheet - SIDS

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  • SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants between 1 month and 1 year of age.
  • Most SIDS deaths occur between the ages of 2 and 4 months.
 Full Text [Fact #845]
  • The successes of the NICHD-led national Back to Sleep campaign are associated with a large decrease in the number of infants placed to sleep on their stomachs and a 40% reduction in U.S. SIDS rates between 1992 and 1998. As a result, about 2,000 fewer babies now die each year than was the case in 1992.
  • Since the national “Back To Sleep” campaign was initiated in 1994, SIDS rates have dropped over 40% nationwide. “Back To Sleep” is a national, public education campaign encouraging health care providers and the public to put infants to sleep either on their backs or their sides.


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