Table 2.

Frequency Distributions by Age and Product Code for 10 Patterns of Unintentional Infant Suffocation January 1, 1980–September 1, 1997*

PatternAge Group (Months)
0 to <33 to <77 to <1212 to <13Row Total%n
Wedging (n = 879)
Between bed/mattress and wall55153601728532.4
Between bed/mattress and frame2672401114917.0
Between bed/mattress and other531192576.5
Between mattress and crib frame299660819322.0
Other within crib/bed3336181510211.6
Other27352389310.6
Column total17542322061879100.0
Oronasal obstruction (n = 512)
Plastic bag2413051320840.6
Pillow3525416512.7
Bedding, nonplastic27241436813.3
Bedding, plastic31130173.3
Waterbed171730377.2
Sofa14520214.1
Other41371539618.8
Column Total1612499210512100.0
Overlain (n = 180)
In a bed76242010256.7
On a sofa4716316737.2
Other4520116.1
Column total1274571180100.0
Entrapment with suspension (n = 145)
In crib/cradle1233466444.1
In bed210892920.0
In high chair001562114.5
Between furniture133296.2
Other29562215.2
Column total6456529145100.0
Hanging (n = 111)
By clothing/necklace1213233935.1
By blind/drapery cord0116133027.0
By pacifier cord00971614.4
Other cord00941311.7
Other03461311.7
Column total165153111100.0
Entanglement (n = 91)
Plastic bag29021314.3
Bedding, nonplastic25521415.4
In blind/drapery cord00941314.3
In pacifier cord011133.3
In other cord0420133740.7
Other03351112.1
Column total422382791100.0
Compression (n = 55)
Collapsed crib25601323.6
Other crib/cradle/playpen320059.1
Other0414193767.3
Column total511201955100.0
Positional asphyxia (n = 33)
Infant carrier1111412.1
Hammock210039.1
Crib101139.1
Bed1320618.2
Basket/hamper101026.1
Other13831545.5
Column total7813533100.0
Entrapment without suspension (n = 30)        
In infant's furniture/product2131723.3
Under furniture lid0025723.3
Other25451653.3
Column total4691130100.0
Unknown (n = 142)
Bed2018514431.0
Crib/cradle/playpen11251024833.8
Sofa/chair11110139.2
Bedding230053.5
Other1014623222.5
Column total5461225142100.0
Grand total5448765372212,178100.0
  • * Ranked in decreasing order by frequency (n), except for the pattern unknown, which is placed last.