CDC: Too many parents continue to put infants to sleep unsafely

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Susan Perry Eunice Shriver FoundationFar fewer infants in the United States are dying as a result of unsafe sleep practices than 25 years ago, thanks to a major national public health campaign that got under way in the early 1990s.To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) as well as accidental suffocation and strangulation, parents are now told to avoid putting their babies to sleep on their stomach or side and to make sure the child’s sleep surface is hard and free of loose bedding. They are also advised not to share a bed with their infant. Yet many parents still fail to follow those recommendations, according to a study released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One in five mothers...

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CDC: Too many parents continue to put infants to sleep unsafely

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