New numbers are showing there is still work to be done to help parents put children to sleep safely.
According to the Department of Social Services, last year, there were 18 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect fatalities in Central Virginia (up two from the previous year).
Eight of those deaths were found to be because of abuse or neglect and seven of them were sleep-related. That's up one from the year before and nearly 40% of the deaths that were investigated for the year in the abuse and neglect category.
Here’s the data:
The state reports can be found here: http://www.dss.virginia.gov/geninfo/reports/children/cps/all_other.cgi
There are some things you can do to protect your child while he or she sleeps.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the safest place for your baby to sleep is in the room where you sleep, but not in your bed. Place the baby's crib or bassinet near your bed (within arm's reach).
The crib or bassinet should be free from toys, soft bedding, blankets and pillows.
And you've probably heard the saying, back is best.
Make sure anyone who cares for your child also knows to follow these guidelines.
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