SIDS Research

Research Articles - Information

SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment: In October 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released updated recommendations to reduce SIDS and sleep related infant deaths, expanding its guidelines on safe sleep for babies, with additional information for caregivers  and professionals creating a safe environment for babies to sleep.  In this journal article, the Task Force on SIDS does an excellent job on providing comprehensive bullet points for each of the safe sleep recommendations.  The policy statement is available by clicking here.

Swaddling and the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Meta-Analysis: (May 2016) A study in Pediatrics discusses swaddling as a traditional practice of wrapping infants to promote calming and sleep.  Although the benefits and risks of swaddling in general have been studied, the practice in relation to sudden infant death syndrome remains unclear.  The goal of this study was to conduct an individual-level meta-analysis of sudden infant death syndrome risk for infants swaddled for sleep.  To read the full article, click here.

NEW CPSC Mandatory Crib Standards: (April 2011)  The new CPSC mandatory standard for cribs goes into effect June 28, 2011.  Compliance with this rule for child care facilities, family child care homes, hotels, and other places of public accommodation is required by December 28, 2012.  For more information on these standards, click here.  The Juvenile Products Manufacturer's Association also has information on crib compliance on their web page.

Serotonin Research: (Feb. 2010) The brains of infants who die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) produce low levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that conveys messages between cells and plays a vital role in regulating breathing, heart rate, and sleep, reported researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health.  To read the National Institute of Health News Release, click here

Infant Sleep Positioners: (Sept. 2010)  The FDA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have both issued warnings against the use of infant sleep positioners.  Click here to read this consumer update.

Policy Statement:  Click here to view the American Academy of Pediatrics' Policy Statement, The Changing Concept of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Diagnostic Coding Shifts, Controversies Regarding the Sleeping Environment, and New Variables to Consider in Reducing Risk.  (Nov. 2005)

Bumper Pads: (Sept. 2006) Click here to view Deaths and Injuries Attributed to Infant Crib Bumper Pads.  A compelling research article that supports the benefits of decorating baby's room and NOT the crib!