Although significant improvements were made regarding infant deaths attributable to SIDS between 1990 and 1998, rates decreased by only 7% in the U.S. since 1999, reports Healio.

“Knowledge of recent national and state trends of sudden unexpected infant death can help measure progress toward to Healthy People 2020 goal of reducing sudden unexpected infant deaths to 84 per 100,000 live births,” Alexa B. Erck Lambert, MPH, from the DB Consulting Group, Inc, and colleagues wrote. Understanding how state-level data compare with this goal may help programs make critical decisions about resource allocation for prevention activities.

”To inspect rates of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), unknown causes of death and accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed (ASSB), and to compare state-specific rates of SUID, the researchers analyzed data collected from mortality files created between 1990 and 2015.  Both national and state-specific rates were assessed.