A new report shows Arkansas has made progress in reducing the number of children who die as the result of an unsafe sleeping environment, according to nwa.

According to UAMS, Arkansas still ranks third in the nation for Sudden infant death syndrome – or SIDS. Experts say that’s often the result of a child being placed in an unsafe sleeping situation. “We still have a long way to go, we’re still well below the national average,” Tina Pennington, Clinical Services Manager at UAMS said.

A report by the Child Death and Near Fatality Multidisciplinary Review Committee shows a combined 20 percent of reviewed child deaths in 2017 were the result of unsafe sleep environments or SIDS – down from thirty-two percent in 2016.