Infant deaths in state linked to unsafe sleep

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

ST. PAUL– Infant Safe Sleep Week is this week, and state health officials are encouraging parents to know the ABCs of safe sleep.

Infants should sleep or nap alone, they should be placed on their back to sleep, and babies should always sleep in their own safe crib or play yard without blankets or pillows.

New data show unsafe sleep environments account for nearly all unexpected infant deaths in the state.

Of the 90 SIDS-related deaths in 2016 and 2017, 82 percent were sleep-related.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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