How big a problem is unsafe sleep?
Unsafe sleep is the leading preventable cause of death for healthy infants – accounting for as many as 64 percent of infant deaths that were not caused by prematurity or congenital abnormalities.
The Monroe County Department of Public Health issues updated statistics each September for the preceding year. From 2007 to 2017, 99 Monroe County infants died in unsafe sleeping conditions – an average of 9 babies a year.
In the past, most of these deaths were described as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). But now we know better.
These deaths are 100 percent preventable.