Report: 3,500 babies die while sleeping each year in US

January 10, 2018 11:30 AM

A new report from the CDC finds about 3,500 babies die during their sleep each year in the U.S.

While some deaths are unexplained, many others are from accidental suffocation. According to the CDC, one in five mothers do not place their baby on their back to sleep. Two in five use soft bedding in their baby's crib, and more than half of parents reported bed-sharing with their baby. Those are all dangerous practices.

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So, what should parents do?

"Have the baby on the back, in a crib or bassinet next to the parent's bed,” said Rachel Moon, MD of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. “Nothing else should be in that crib or bassinet except for the baby."

Pediatricians also say don't put a blanket on a baby when it's cold outside. Instead, a onesie, warm footed pajamas and a winter sleep sack should do. Breastfeeding and a pacifier can also help reduce the risk for sleep- related death in infants.


WNYT Staff

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