(JustPatriots.com)- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 3,400 babies in the United States pass away suddenly and unexpectedly each year, with “unknown causes” accounting for 32% of those deaths.
Although Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) during the first month of life are uncommon, Rutgers University research shows that the causes and risk factors for these fatalities differ even during that brief period.
However, they discovered that sudden infant death syndrome is more likely to be identified as the cause of death for infants who pass away later in the first month of life (SIDS).
SUID, also known as “sudden unexplained infant death,” is the sudden and unexpected death of a newborn younger than one-year-old in whom “the reason was not clear until examination,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a probable cause of SUID, according to specialists, who disagree that SUID and SIDS are the same.
According to Jennifer Kurtz, DO, chief of neonatal medicine at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, a division of Northwell Health in New York, “SIDS is a likely cause of sudden unexpected baby death.”
“Suffocation/strangulation, and unexplained causes, in addition to SIDS, are probable causes of SUID,” she continued.
A summary of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths by Cause for 2020 published by the CDC shows that.
41% of newborn deaths were caused by sudden infant death syndrome.
Unknown causes were responsible for 32% of the cases.
Accidental suffocation and strangulation in beds accounted for 27% of deaths.
Of 889 newborn deaths designated as SUID and delivered at or above 34 weeks of gestation, 123 occurred during the first 27 days of life in infants at or over 34 weeks gestation (time between conception and birth).
Researchers examined data from 2000 to 2015. Mothers of infants who died in the first week of life had fewer signs of typical risk factors for SUID, according to a study conducted by Dr. Annalisa Kurtz and her co-researchers at New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine.