Infant Mortality Month

FFC Infant Mortality Month Every 2 hours and 37 minutes, a baby in the United States dies before his or her 1st birthday. What’s more, about 3,700 infants die in the first year of life every year. The 5-year average for 2014–2018 was 39 infants per 100,000 live births. September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. In observance of that event, we wanted to examine this sad and serious subject. If you, or someone you love, has lost an infant, please accept our sincere condolences. Processing grief for infants is a delicate matter. When that infant dies from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), the associated shock can compound that grief.

Infant Mortality: What is SIDS?Strips of newspaper with SIDS typed on them (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Black and White. Close up.

According to the Mayo Clinic, SIDS is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. SIDS is sometimes known as crib death because the infants often die in their cribs. Although the cause remains unknown, SIDS might be associated with defects in the portion of an infant’s brain which controls breathing and arousal from sleep. Researchers have discovered some factors that might put babies at extra risk. They’ve also identified measures you can take to help protect your child from SIDS. Perhaps the most important is placing your baby on his or her back to sleep.

Sad mother missing her daughter after infant death at homeFacts about SIDS (Sudden Infant Mortality)

  • About 2,300 babies die from SIDS every year in the United States.
  • The 5-year average for 2014–2018 was 23 SIDS deaths per 100,000 live births.
  • For babies born during 2014–2018, the infant mortality rate was significantly higher among African Americans (11%) than Hispanics (6%) and non-Hispanic Whites (5%).
  • For babies born during 2014–2018, the infant mortality rate was highest in Washington D.C., followed by Mississippi and Alabama.
  • For babies born during 2013–2017, infant mortality rates were at least twice as high in rural areas as they were in urban areas.
  • In 2016, more than half of all infant deaths occurred before a baby reached his or her sixth month of life.
  • In 2016, about one-quarter of all infant deaths occurred in the first 28 days after birth.

Other Causes of Infant MortalitySudden Infant Death FFC

Not all infants who die do so because of SIDS. Accident and illness claim the lives of an additional 2,000 babies each year.

How to Grieve a Child’s Death

As with any loss, the death of a child can wreak havoc on your life. Give yourself permission to feel sadness. And don’t try to put yourself on an artificial timetable. Seek the support of family and friends. You may even consider joining a grief support group. If you live in or around the area near Foothill Funeral & Cremation in Glendora, you can check this link for more information about grief support:–glendora-ca?postal=91740

About Foothill Funeral & Cremation

carnation, teddy bear and urn with ashes on black background, funeral conceptDrop by our Glendora show room any time. In Covina, our relationship with Sacred Heart Chapel is the perfect place for mourners to host funerals and memorial services in a grandiose yet intimate setting. We proudly serve the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Basin, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. Working in the mortuary industry since 1996, we have worked hard to build a reputation of quality, sincerity, and trust. Please allow us to help you at your time of need or in the future. Call today (626) 335-0615 or drop by our showroom.

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