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CPS says 50 Texas infants died while co-sleeping since September

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 12:24pm

Officials with Child Protective Services say nearly 400 Texas babies die in their sleep each year from suffocation. Co-sleeping, or sleeping with an older child or parent, may be convenient for parents when their baby cries at night, but statistics here in Texas show those parents could be risking their baby's life.

Jim Cleveland with the Department of Family and Protective Services says to never let babies sleep with soft bedding, pillows, bumper pads, or stuffed animals that could stop the baby's breathing. To keep a baby warm, he says to dress the baby warm. He also says the safest place for a baby to sleep is in a crib alone.

Last year alone, CPS says 177 Texas infants died while sharing a bed with a parent or sibling.

Cleveland says, "Sometimes when the babies cry, the easiest thing to do is get the baby and bring them into bed and comfort them that way. The problem is you're exhausted, you'll fall asleep, and the dangers of smothering come into play." Cleveland says letting a baby sleep with an older sibling is even more dangerous because children aren't as careful as parents.

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