Suffocation Prevention and Sleep Safety


 Did You Know?

  • Seventy percent of suffocation deaths among infants are from accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed.
  • In 2010, cribs and playpens were responsible for more than 20 percent of all nursery product-related emergency room injuries for children under 5.
  • The majority of childhood suffocation, choking and strangulation incidents occur at home.

Working for Change

Unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury-related death among children less than a year old. Members of the Safe Kids network strive to reduce unintentional suffocation deaths and injuries through education and by distributing sleep sacks, cribs or crib alternatives to families who need a safe sleep environment for their infants.



Safe Kids is conducting research to inform the expansion of our efforts to prevent unintentional suffocation. The objective of this research is to understand the factors related to geographic variations in infant suffocation deaths in the United States. Safe Kids is also working with national experts to develop comprehensive community-based interventions.


Public Policy

Safe Kids supports federal legislation such as the Stillbirth and SUID Prevention, Education, and Awareness Act to provide standards and data collection tools that will provide answers as to why infants die in cribs.



Safe Kids is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct research in the area of safe sleep and suffocation. The CDC is the nation’s health protection agency, and since 1998 has been working on several suffocation initiatives, including standardizing and improving data collection and national reporting.


Additional Resources

Sleep Safety Tips:

Suffocation Fact Sheet:

Learn more at Safe Kids Worldwide:

Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States.  Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury.  Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is proudly led by Oregon Child Development Coalition.

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