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Research Letter
April 2018

Infant Mortality Due to Unintentional Suffocation Among Infants Younger Than 1 Year in the United States, 1999-2015

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, Xiangya School of Public Health, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China
  • 2Department of Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(4):388-390. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.4887

Unintentional suffocation is largely preventable, but it caused 87% of deaths due to unintentional injury among children younger than 12 months in the United States in 2015.1 During the past 2 decades, substantial public and private efforts have been devoted to preventing mortality from infant suffocation, especially through safer sleeping.2,3 Based on recently updated data, we examined mortality from unintentional suffocation from 1999 to 2015 in the United States among infants younger than 1 year.

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