Too many babies still die needlessly from SIDS, CDC says

(Dennis Thompson/ Healthday) —  Many parents still regularly risk their babies’ lives as they put them to bed, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Analyzing data from the states, the CDC found that parents continue to practice unsafe habits that have been associated with sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). For instance:

  • One in 5 mothers says she places her baby to sleep on his or her side or stomach.
  • Two in 5 leave loose bedding and soft objects in the baby’s sleep area, most often bumper pads and thick blankets.
  • Three in 5 sometimes share their bed with their baby.

These practices contribute to about 3,500 sleep-related deaths of U.S. babies every year, according to the CDC.

“Unfortunately, this report reveals that unsafe sleep practices are common,” said Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the CDC director. “We need to reinvigorate this important work by getting safe to sleep messages to all audiences.” (…)

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