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Baby safety while sleeping

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Placing babies on their backs before sleep reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Placing babies on their backs before sleep reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
You can log on to Health4mom.org for more tips on how to keep your baby safe when you put them to sleep. You can log on to Health4mom.org for more tips on how to keep your baby safe when you put them to sleep.

September is Baby Safety Month and according to the American Academy of Pediatrics almost four thousand infants die in their sleep due to accidental suffocation, entrapment, and strangulation.

Registered Nurse at St. Rita's Cyndi Sprague says more than half of moms aren't putting their babies to sleep safely. She says placing babies on their backs before sleep reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and prevents suffocation.

Sprague suggests removing any crib bumpers, stuffed toys, and blankets to reduce the risk of "SIDS" or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

"If the baby would just inadvertently be covered with some sort of a blanket, a baby is not able to move around to free themselves from that, they could become tangled and even potentially suffocate and the same thing is true with little fluffy toys, whether it be a little stuffed animal or a bear that many people will put in the crib, those don't belong near your sleeping baby," says Sprague.

Sprague says you can log on to Health4mom.org for more tips on how to keep your baby safe when you put them to sleep. 

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