NH nurses, others learn about infant sleep safety

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire nurses, child care providers and others are learning how to teach new parents about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

The state Department of Health and Human Services brought in a national expert Tuesday for a symposium that was also attended by home visitors, social service agency staff, lactation consultants and health educators. Dr. Carrie Shapiro-Mendoza of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention led the discussion. She said the most important step parents and caregivers can take is to place infants to sleep in a safe crib on their backs, with no blankets, pillows, toys or soft objects.

About 10 to 20 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in New Hampshire, and about half are due to SIDS.

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