Tennessee Child Fatality Annual Report

A state report lists the main reasons for sleep-related deaths include unsafe bedding or toys in the sleeping area, infants not sleeping in a crib or bassinet, and infants not sleeping on their backs.

Infant sleep safety education vital to reduce deaths

According to Tennessee’s 2022 Child Fatality Annual Report, over the past five years, white infants accounted for most of the sleep-related infant deaths in Tennessee, but Black infants were three times more likely to suffer a sleep-related fatality.