Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 9.57.46 AM

By Jill Katz, Sudden Infant and Child Death Resource Center

Sleep-related infant death is preventable. Most involve suffocation combined with an unsafe sleep condition. Infants from 1-6 months old are vulnerable and infants from 2-4 months old are most at risk. In NYC, these preventable deaths are occurring at the rate of approximately 1 death per week. A majority of the deaths are happening in the Bronx and Brooklyn in low income areas. There are ways parents can reduce the risk.


  • must sleep on their back
  • must sleep in a crib or bassinet
  • should never sleep in an adult bed
  • must sleep on a firm mattress and fitted sheet in the crib
  • should never sleep with bumpers, pillows, blankets or compressible toys in the crib

In addition, parents should maintain a smoke free zone around the baby. Breastfeeding is best but it is important to do it safely. The mother should be upright, alert and awake!


Your contribution is appreciated.

Make a Donation

BK Reader is brought to you for free daily. Please consider supporting independent local news by making a donation here. Whether it is $1 or $100, no donation is too big or too small!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *