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Many Parents Not Following Safe Sleep Recommendations

A new study from the Yale School of Medicine has found that some parents are still not adopting long-standing safe sleep recommendations for their infants.

The recommendations issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stress that babies should sleep alone, on their backs and in a crib. However, the study found:

  • 28 percent of Hispanic parents, 18 percent of black parents, and 13 percent of white parents shared a bed with their infants
  • 22 percent of black infants were placed on their stomachs to go to sleep, compared to 10 percent of white infants and 7 percent of Hispanic infants

According to the CDC, SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants 12 months and younger, and the third leading cause overall of infant mortality in the US. This study underscores the importance of strengthening efforts to ensure safe sleep environments for all infants.

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