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New Program Aims to Reduce Infant Suffocation Deaths

safe-babyLOS ANGELES (KTLA) — L.A. County officials unveiled the first-ever Safe Sleep for Baby campaign on Wednesday aimed at reducing the number of infant suffocation deaths.

Every five days a baby suffocates while sleeping in L.A. County, according to health officials.

In fact, from 2008 to 2011, more babies died from suffocation due to unsafe sleep than all other types of accidental deaths combined.

The leading causes of suffocation included babies sharing a bed with parents or sleeping on a couch; cribs cluttered with blankets, pillows, bumper pads and stuffed toys; and babies sleeping on their side or stomach.

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