Status: Baseline only
Increase the proportion of infants who are put to sleep on their backs
Baseline: 78.7 percent of infants born in 2016 were put to sleep on their backs
Target: 88.9 percent
Putting infants to sleep on their backs reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related deaths. Although rates of SIDS have fallen over the last few decades, SIDS is still the leading cause of death in infants aged 28 days and over. Teaching caregivers about safe sleep practices is key to increasing the proportion of infants put to sleep on their backs.
Workgroup: Maternal, Infant, and Child Health Workgroup