State Worried About Increase of SIDS

RALEIGH, N.C. — The number of North Carolina children who died from sudden infant death syndrome spiked in 2008, and advocates don’t have a clear explanation why.

The state Child Fatality Task Force released its annual report on Monday. Most of the data was known last fall, but the report combines the numbers with specific recommendations for action.

In particular, the task force wants the General Assembly to preserve funding levels for programs like Back to Sleep, which helps educate parents about SIDS.

The report found that the number of SIDS deaths jumped by 39 percent between 2007 and 2008, rising from 98 to 136.

Task force co-chairman Tom Vitaglione says researchers don’t yet have an explanation for the increase.

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