MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It’s one of every new parent’s worst fears: Your baby goes to sleep and doesn’t wake up.
Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDs), which includes SIDS, occur when a baby under one year of age dies unexpectedly.READ MORE: Hundreds Gather At Brooklyn Center Police Dept. For 2nd Night Of Daunte Wright Protests
New data from the Minnesota Department of Health shows 90 infants died unexpectedly in 2016 and 2017. Of those deaths, 74 of them were from unsafe sleeping environments.
When you think of what’s safe, remember the ABCs:
- Babies should sleep and nap ALONE.
- Be placed on their BACK.
- And in a CRIB — without blankets, pillows, or bumpers.
Even with known safe sleep practices, babies are still dying unexpectedly. Health officials say economic factors can play a role in unsafe sleep environments. Oftentimes, family or friends with outdated sleep practices play a role.READ MORE: Daunte Wright Killing: How Does An Officer Confuse Their Taser For A Gun?
“An infant who is used to sleeping on their back but goes to grandma’s house and takes a nap on their tummy is much more likely to die during that nap because they’re not used to it,” Hennepin HealthCare pediatric nurse Jennette Flynn said.
What else can new parents do? Using a pacifier at bedtime, staying up to date on immunizations, breastfeeding, and not smoking all reduce the risk.
Even when baby won’t sleep, keeping then in a safe environment could save a life.MORE NEWS: 'He Just Made You Feel Better': Daunte Wright's Loved Ones Gather With Hundreds For Vigil
Still, SUIDS are rare. Fifty-one babies died unexpectedly in 2018, out of the roughly 70,000 born in Minnesota.