In Santa Clara County, from 2005 to 2011, research has shown that one third of infant deaths were due to unsafe sleeping practices. Infant deaths due to unsafe sleeping practices can be prevented, every parents and caregiver needs to be aware and follow these SAFE sleeping guidelines:
- Babies need to sleep alone in a crib or bassinet with a firm mattress and a well fitted sheet.
- Babies should be put to sleep on their backs during naps and at nighttime.
- Babies should not be placed on their sides to sleep because they may accidentally roll onto their stomachs and suffocate.
- Babies should not sleep on adult beds, chairs, sofas, waterbeds, cushions, or nursing pillows.
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Toll free number: 1-800-310-2332
Santa Clara County Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health
1993B McKee Road
San Jose, CA 95133
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