Study the causes and risk factors associated with Sudden Unexpected Infant Death.
Develop and offer risk reduction education and resources.
Provide bereavement support to grieving families whose infants died suddenly and unexpectedly.
Reducing the Risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a death in the first 12 months of life for which no cause has been found even after a thorough evaluation. It is one of the leading causes of infant mortality.
Although a cause may not yet be detectable, how to reduce the risk of these deaths is known.
The guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to reduce the risk of SIDS also reduce the risk of other sleep-related infant deaths such as accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed and ill-defined and unknown causes.
Grouped together, these sleep-related infant deaths are called Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID).
New Jersey’s rate of SUID is among the lowest in the US
The SCNJ collaborates with national and state health, social service, and community programs with the shared public health mission of improving the well-being of New Jersey’s infants.
The information presented here is based on the evidence-based risk reduction guidelines of the AAP.
Research by the SIDS Center of New Jersey contributed to these guidelines.