History of SIDS
NICHD released third five-year strategic plan.
AAP released policy statement from the Task Force for Infant
Sleep Position stating “
wholly on the back” as the preferred position.
AAP revised its policy statement on Distinguishing Sudden
Infant Death Syndrome
From Child Abuse.
First international conference to address both SIDS and
stillbirth is held by First
Candle/SIDS Alliance and the International Stillbirth Alliance.
The conference, “
Together Making A World of Difference,” was held
in Arlington, Virginia.
The AAP releases a new policy statement, “The
Changing Concept of Sudden Infant
Death Syndrome: Diagnostic Coding Shifts, Controversies
Regarding the Sleeping
Environment, and New Variables to Consider in Reducing
AAP no longer
recognizes side sleeping as a reasonable alternative
to fully supine sleeping. The
AAP also stresses the need to avoid redundant soft bedding
and soft objects in the
infant’s sleeping environment, the hazards of adults
sleeping with an infant in the
same bed, the SIDS risk reduction associated with having
infants sleep in the same
room as adults and with using pacifiers at the time of
sleep, the importance of
educating secondary caregivers and neonatology practitioners
on the importance of
back to sleep,” and strategies to reduce the incidence
of positional plagiocephaly
associated with supine positioning.
Sources: W. Guntheroth, 1995; R.H. Raring, 1975