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Sleep-related Risk Factors Differ by Age

A new study, published in the most recent issue of Pediatrics, found that sleep-related risk factors differ by age.

The study reviewed 8,207 cases of sleep-related infant deaths that occurred between 2004-2012 in 24 states. It found that younger infants (0-3 months) were more likely to be sleeping in an adult bed or on an adult (i.e. laying on the adult’s chest). Deaths in older infants (4 months to 1 year) were found to be associated with objects in the infant’s sleep environment, such as bedding and stuffed animals.

The findings from this study highlight the importance of following three simple rules for infant safe sleep: always put babies to sleep alone, on their backs and in a crib.

Read this USA Today article for a summary of the study’s findings.

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