LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Arkansas Children's Hospital has seen a recent increase in the number of infant deaths caused by unsafe sleeping practices.
Lessa Payne in the Injury Prevention department at ACH stopped by "THV 11 This Morning" to talk about safe sleeping practices.
Arkansas Children's Hospital says they have seen an increase in infant deaths recently related to unsafe sleep practices. ACH reports among a subset of 2010-2011 infant deaths (< 1 year of age) reviewed by the Arkansas Infant Child Death Review team, 61% were sleep-related, and of those, 43% occurred in an adult bed.
Here are the tips that can serve as talking points:
• Do not sleep with your baby, also known as co-sleeping. Do not allow other children to share a bed with your baby.
• The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a room with you, but in his own crib or bassinette.
• Use a safety-approved crib or bassinette, approved by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.
• Remember "Back is Best": put your baby on his back to sleep at night and for naps.
• Nothing should be in your baby's crib outside of a fitted crib sheet; no blankets, stuffed animals, etc.
• Keep your baby at a comfortable temperature.