Safe Sleep Statistics

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In a 2018 report published by the Virginia State Child Fatality Review Team, the following factors were determined based on a comprehensive review of 339 non-natural infant deaths from 2014 to 2016:

  • 87% were related to an unsafe sleep environment
  • 84.5% of infants were sleeping on surface not intended for sleep at the time of their death
  • 82% of fatalities occurred in the infant's primary residence
  • 52% of fatalities were related to co-sleeping (bed-sharing)
  • Nearly three in five infants who died were three months of age or younger
  • Almost half were exposed to secondhand smoke

The top four risk factors for sleep-related deaths were:

  • soft bedding (92.6%)
  • sleeping on an inappropriate sleep surface (84.5%)
  • co-sleeping/bed sharing (52.1%)
  • second-hand smoke (49.7%)