New research: Infant deaths in sitting devices

New research: Infant deaths in sitting devices

The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages the use of sitting devices for infant sleep. A new study examined factors associated with sleep-related infant deaths in sitting devices (e.g. car seats, swings and strollers).

Researchers analyzed National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention data on infant sleep-related deaths from 2004-2014. They compared settings, primary caregivers, supervisor at time of death, bed-sharing and objects in the environment. Key takeaways include:

  • Among infant deaths in sitting devices, 62.9% were in car seats used for non-traveling purposes, and of these, more than half were at the child’s home.
  • Compared with other infant deaths, deaths in sitting devices were more likely to occur under the supervision of a child care provider or babysitter than with a parent.

This study can inform local prevention activities, such as educating babysitters and child care providers on the risks of using car seats and other sitting devices for infant sleep.

Resource: Tips for identifying unsafe infant sleep products

2019-06-28T08:06:20+00:00June 26th, 2019|Infant Death Center, Keeping Kids Alive|
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