CDC Warns: Protect Your Baby From a Sleep-Related Death

There are about 3,500 sleep-related deaths among U.S. babies each year and most of them can be prevented, according to the CDC. The CDC is warning U.S. parents to practice safe sleep practices.

A CDC press release says in the 1990s, there were sharp declines in sleep-related deaths following a safe sleep campaign, but the declines have slowed since the late 1990s.

The CDC advises parents to place their baby on his or her back every time it sleeps, use a firm sleep surface, keep soft objects and loose bedding out of their baby’s sleep area and share a room with their baby, but not the same bed.