Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

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Facts and Statistics

  • SIDS is the leading cause of death for babies 1-12 months old.
  • The peak age for SIDS death is 2 -4 months old; 90% occur between 1 – 6 months.
  • SIDS is more likely to occur in the winter months (October – April).
  • Unaccustomed stomach sleeping increases the risk by 18 – 20 times.
  • It can be difficult to distinguish between SIDS and unintentional suffocation.
  • Research shows that breastfeeding is protective against SIDS
  • SIDS is not caused by immunizations. In fact, if a baby is immunized there is a 50% decreased risk for SIDS.
  • SIDS is not the same thing as suffocation.
  • SIDS is not caused by vomiting or choking.

     Is it SIDS or SUID?

     Sleep-Associated Death Risk Factors


  • The Healthy People 2010 goal to reduce death rates from SIDS is set at 25/100,000 live births.
  • The most current data for the nation (2009) is a rate of 52.5, compared to Nebraska's 2009 rate of 89.1.  However, Nebraska's 2009 rate reflected a spike in numbers.
  • In 2010 the Nebraska SIDS mortality rate fell to 54.0.  Nebraska rates are beginning to approach the national average, after several decades of being higher.

For More Information Contact:
Tina Goodwin, RN
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026

Phone: (402) 471-0165
Fax: (402) 471-7049

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