Safe Sleep is Top Priority for Baby Safety Month

September is Baby Safety Month and, while there is a great deal of focus on the prevention of accidents, the first priority should be the prevention of accidental suffocation which is a sleep-related infant death. While the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), another sleep-related infant death, has been falling, the number of babies dying from accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed has skyrocketed 184% from 1999 to 2015, according to statistics by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In fact, accidental suffocation is now the most common cause of injury deaths in babies under a year old with 82% being attributable to accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed. The majority of these cases were due to soft bedding and occurred most often in an adult bed. 

Tragically, almost all these deaths are preventable. At First Candle we often hear from parents who have lost their baby to sleep-related infant death that they didn’t know about the dangers of having a blanket in the crib or having their baby in bed with them.

For baby safety month, please share this chart with parents, grandparents and caregivers.