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Studies Show New Parents Less Cautious of SIDS

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It’s been almost 25 years since the American Academy of Pediatrics introduced the back to sleep campaign to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Now, new research shows many new moms don’t always do what they know they’re supposed to.

Joslyn LaRocco is enjoying her first snuggles with her new son Matthew Brian. When it comes to sleep, this mom knows what’s best.

However, new research suggests many moms are still not getting the message. A new study in pediatrics of more than 3,200 moms shows while 77% say they usually place their babies on their backs to sleep, only 44% always do.

Some hospitals are educating new parents from the beginning. NYU Winthrop in New York is one of 1,500 hospitals taking part in the Halo Safer Way to Sleep program. New parents get a bedside lesson in swaddling babies in wearable blankets.

The rate of SIDS in the US has dropped by more than half since the back to sleep campaign was introduced.

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