About SIDS/SUID (sudden unexpected infant deaths)

Every year in the United States, more than 4,500 otherwise healthy babies die suddenly and unexpectedly (SUID).

Of these, more than 2,300 are diagnosed as SIDS, the leading cause of death for babies one month to one year of age. Along with SIDS, SUID diagnoses include accidental suffocation, positional asphyxia and undetermined. According to statistics, as many as 80 to 90 percent of these deaths are caused by unsafe sleep practices.

It is clear that lifesaving safe sleep messages are not reaching all parents and caregivers. It is First Candle’s goal to ensure that every parent understands, and is prepared to adopt, important safe sleep practices before taking their baby home from the hospital.