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Why injury? It's this simple: more children die from injuries every year than from the next three leading causes of death combined. Nobody knows this because no one is talking about it. In the U.S., one child dies every hour from an injury that could have been prevented. Around the world, a child dies every 30 seconds as the result of an injury. You don’t need to have a child to know that we can do better.

 

Watch This: New AAP Safe Sleep Guidelines

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Every October we honor SIDS Awareness Month to help parents and caregivers understand how to avoid this tragedy. SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is “the sudden, unexplained death of an infant younger than 1 year of age that remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation.”

While some of the causes of SIDS are unknown, unsafe sleeping conditions are a big contributor. At its annual meeting last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced updated guidelines for infant safe sleep. Most of the recommendations stayed the same, but one new piece asks parents to share their room with their baby until at least six months or one year if possible. Check out this video to hear more about the AAP’s safe sleep policy.

More on infant safe sleep from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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