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STUDY ESTIMATES 20 PERCENT OF SIDS DEATHS OCCUR IN CHILD CARE SETTINGS

Below is a highlight on a study published in the August issue of Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed scientific journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

For Release: Monday, August 7, 2000, 5:00 p.m. (ET)

CHICAGO - A significant percentage of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) deaths occur in child care settings, according to a study published in the August issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The study, which analyzed 1,916 SIDS cases across the country, showed that infants in the care of a non-parent accounted for 20.4 percent of SIDS deaths. These deaths were most likely to occur on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., to older, white infants with well-educated parents. Recent efforts to place babies to sleep on their backs have greatly reduced the number of SIDS cases in the U.S. However, the study found that infants in child care settings were more likely to be put to sleep on their stomachs, or to be found sleeping on their stomachs. The study recommends that parents discuss with caregivers the importance of placing infants to sleep on their backs.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) has decreased by more than 40 percent since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended in 1992 that babies be put down to sleep on their backs instead of their stomachs. Another contributor to the decrease was the launch in 1994 of the nationwide "Back to Sleep" campaign. An AAP statement released earlier this year acknowledged that while SIDS cases have leveled off, more can be done to prevent the condition which still causes more infant deaths in the United States than any other cause of death during infancy.

This study was published in Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed, scientific journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, but does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of the Academy. The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 55,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

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