SIDS on the decline in Florida

Posted at 9:44 PM, Feb 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-10 09:02:55-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The number of babies dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is declining in Florida, down 86 percent compared to 20 years ago.

But the decline is not due to a new medication or prevention strategy but because more medical examiners in the state have stopped classifying deaths at SIDS.

They say the infants are not dying of a mysterious illness but typically from unsafe sleeping environments.

Pinellas and Pasco counties medical examiner Dr. Jon Thogmartin says his office almost never finds that a child dies during sleep when it's been in a safe environment.

But problems remain as medical examiners in various parts of the state disagree over how to categorize these deaths leading to a patchwork approach.

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