Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Childrens Hospital Works To Stop Sudden Infant Deaths

In Allegheny County sudden unexplained infant death is the leading cause of death among infants, with African American families losing two thirds more infants than white families. Many of the causes of infant deaths are because of a lack of education on proper sleeping habits for infants. A baby must be placed on its back and have no pillows or stuffed animals in the crib with them. Also, infants should not sleep with their parents because of the risk of being smothered by the adult. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh along with the Allegheny County Health Department have teamed up in October to try and educate families on how to properly put to sleep an infant.

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