TABLE 3.

SIDS and SIDS Plus Other Sudden Unexpected Causes of Infant Death Demonstrating the Potential Effects of Reclassification of SIDS to These Categories on the SIDS Rate

Cause of Death199920002001Average Annual Change, % (95% CIs)*
SIDS rate of deaths per 100 000 live births (number of deaths)61.6 (2440)57.1 (2319)50.9 (2047)−9.1 (−11.7, −6.4)
SIDS + pending unknown rate of deaths per 100 000 live births (number of deaths)68.4 (2710)67.4 (2737)63.5 (2556)−3.7 (−6.2, −1.0)
SIDS + pending unknown + suffocation rate of deaths per 100 000 live births (number of deaths)77.4 (3063)77.1 (3128)75.4 (3034)−1.3 (−3.7, 1.2)
  • * Average annual percentage change in rates was determined by Poisson regression.