Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation during Infant Sleep
Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed, or ASSB, occurs when something limits a baby’s breathing like when soft bedding or blankets are against their face or when a baby gets trapped between two objects, such as a mattress and wall. Among babies, accidental suffocation is responsible for three quarters of all unintentional injury deaths.
More than 85 of all deaths from Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed occur in the first 6 months of life.Most of these deaths occur in the first 3 months of life.
Deaths from ASSB are less common in babies older than 6 months.
Follow safe sleep recommendations until baby’s first birthday to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
To reduce the risk of Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed:
- Always place baby on his or her back to sleep for all sleep times, including naps.
- Room share—keep baby’s sleep area in the same room next to where you sleep.
- Baby needs his or her own sleep area and should not sleep on a couch, chair, or adult bed.
- Use a firm sleep surface that is free from soft objects, toys, blankets, and crib bumpers.
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