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Westchester DA, hospitals fight infant deaths

December 4, 2012 8:54:34 AM PST
A district attorney and eight hospitals in suburban New York are warning new parents about the threat to infants from sleeping in unsafe settings.

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore said Tuesday that 26 of 63 infant deaths investigated since 2006 turned out to involve unsafe sleeping environments.

A new video for parents and other caregivers stresses that a baby should sleep alone, in a crib, on his or her back.

Unsafe conditions include pillows, stuffed animals or inappropriate bedding. Advocates also advise against putting a baby to sleep with others in an adult bed.

Adults should not consume substances that make them less than alert, especially before bedtime.

Hospitals will show the video in maternity wards and parenting classes, and will post it on their websites.

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