SIDS Statistics by the numbers
SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants aged one month to one year. In 2009, 2,226 infants passed away from SIDS (2009 reflects the most recent data available).1
Babies of mothers who smoke during pregnancy have a 3 times greater risk of SIDS. Babies who breath secondhand smoke have a 2.5 times greater risk of SIDS.
Babies who sleep in an adult bed have a 40 times greater risk of SIDS.
African American Babies have a 2 times greater risk of SIDS.
Babies who sleep on their tummies have a 5 times greater risk of SIDS.
Babies who sleep on soft bedding have a 5 times greater risk of SIDS.
Babies who sleep on their tummies on top of soft bedding have a 21 times greater risk of SIDS.
A Scottish study showed that 87% of SIDS deaths occurred in unsafe sleep environments, only 13% were found in a crib or bassinet.
Studies show that for infants who received any breastmilk for any duration, the likelihood of SIDS was 60% lower.
Accidental Suffocation or Strangulation in Bed (ASSB) claims the lives of 665 infants per year.1
1 Martin JA, Hamilton BE, Sutton PD, Ventura SJ, et al. Births: Final data for 2006. National vital statistics reports; vol 57 no 7. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2009.