SIDS deaths rise sharply on New Year's Day
According to a press release, researchers at University of California San Diego identified an 33 percent jump in infant deaths attributed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome on New Year's Day. They surmise that the spike may have to do with alcohol-impaired parents (or other caretakers) neglecting to take steps to ensure their babies were laid safely to sleep the night before. The research was published in the journal Addiction in November.
That kind of statistic should prove sobering, literally and figuratively. And it's of cold comfort to all the parents who have lost, or will lose, babies to SIDS without alcohol's playing any role in the matter.
The good news is that SIDS deaths have declined dramatically since 1994, when the "Back to Sleep" campaign was launched to raise awareness that the safest way for babies to sleep is on their backs. Here are more tips for keeping your little ones safe while they sleep.
Let's have a safe and happy New Year's Eve and Day, everyone. Please be careful out there.
Jennifer LaRue Huget
| December 30, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Alcohol and Drugs, Drug Abuse, Family Health, Infant health, Parenting, Sleep
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