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Medical News & Perspectives
June 26, 2018

Despite Educational Campaigns, US Infants Are Still Dying Due to Unsafe Sleep Conditions

JAMA. 2018;319(24):2466-2468. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.6097

Charlene Collier, MD, MPH, noticed a tragic common thread when she recently reviewed the 30 cases of unexpected deaths of previously healthy infants that occurred in Mississippi in 2016.

“What we repeatedly saw were infants sleeping in unsafe conditions, commonly with their parents in bed,” said Collier, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Mississippi and a perinatal consultant with the Mississippi Department of Health.

It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) launched the “Back to Sleep” campaign and more than a decade since the NICHD renamed the campaign “Safe to Sleep” to educate physicians and caregivers about safe sleep environments as well as the safe sleep position.