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Did You Know?

Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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January 12, 2018

  • There are about 3,500 sleep-related deaths among US babies each year.    
  • Although safe sleep practices—like placing babies on their back to sleep—can reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths, unsafe sleep practices are still common, according to the latest Vital Signs report.
  • State and local health departments can promote safe sleep recommendations by conducting communication campaigns, training care providers in hospitals and childcare centers, and working with programs that serve mothers and babies.

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