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Vital Signs: Trends and Disparities in Infant Safe Sleep Practices - United States, 2009-2015

OPEN MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report | 13 Jan 2018

JM Bombard, K Kortsmit, L Warner, CK Shapiro-Mendoza, S Cox, CD Kroelinger, SE Parks, DL Dee, DV D'Angelo, RA Smith, K Burley, B Morrow, CK Olson, HB Shulman, L Harrison, C Cottengim and WD Barfield
Abstract
There have been dramatic improvements in reducing infant sleep-related deaths since the 1990s, when recommendations were introduced to place infants on their backs for sleep. However, there are still approximately 3,500 sleep-related deaths among infants each year in the United States, including those from sudden infant death syndrome, accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed, and unknown causes. Unsafe sleep practices, including placing infants in a nonsupine (on side or on stomach) sleep position, bed sharing, and using soft bedding in the sleep environment (e.g., blankets, pillows, and soft objects) are modifiable risk factors for sleep-related infant deaths.
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Concepts
Pacifier, Breastfeeding, United States, Sleep, Infant mortality, Sudden infant death syndrome
MeSH headings
Adult, Female, Health Status Disparities, Humans, Infant, Infant Care, Mothers, Sleep, Socioeconomic Factors, Sudden Infant Death, United States, Young Adult
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