Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) refers to the death of an infant under one year old. It happens to approximately 4,000 babies in the United States each year. Two of the major causes of SUID are Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and suffocation or strangulation in bed.
Eve Colson, MD, a Yale Medicine pediatrician who specializes in newborn care, says parents can drastically reduce the likelihood of SUID by making a few key adjustments. These recommendations include not smoking near the infant; giving the infant his or her own sleeping space (a firm mattress without and making sure the baby is sleeping on his or her back.