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Quinn Promotes Safe Sleeping for Infants
A warning for parents of newborns: Never let an infant sleep on its stomach.
Hundreds of infants die each year because of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. Gov. Pat Quinn kicked off October as Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month today.
At a press conference, medical officials warned parents not to be misled by the pictures of sleeping babies sometimes shown in movies, in magazines, and on TV.
"Marketing and the visual pictures that parents, grandparents, and family sees are not what is following the recommendations for a safe sleep environment," Marlene Rahe of Memorial Medical Center said.
The American Academy of Pediatrics said a baby should always be placed on its back. In addition to never putting a baby to sleep on its stomach, you should also never have your baby sleep with you in bed or on a couch. It's too easy to roll over onto the child and suffocate him or her.
You should always place your infant on its back in a crib with firm bedding, and you should remove everything else from the crib.