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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

WASHINGTON, D.C., 1997 - Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as crib death, is a cause of infant deaths that remains unexplained even after autopsy. It is estimated that 10,000 deaths from SIDS occur each year. While there are many theories as to possible triggering events, the cause of SIDS remains a mystery.

It has been noted that SIDS occurs more frequently when infants sleep on their bellies (prone) as compared with sleeping on their backs (supine) or sides.

The American Academy of Pediatrics in 1992 recommended that all healthy infants be placed either on their backs or sides for sleeping. This recommendation has been partly credited with reducing the percentage of U.S. parents placing infants on their bellies for sleep from 70% in 1992 to 29% in 1995.

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