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Infant deaths related to unsafe sleep practices are preventable!
The Facts
Children are at risk of suffocation when placed in an unsafe sleep environment. Keep babies safe!
Data indicates that positional asphyxia was the second leading cause of infant death in the cities of Pontiac and Southfield from 2000 to 2004. In addition, positional asphyxia was present  in 19.1% (27 of 141) of the infant death cases reviewed.
Risk Factors

  • Side or stomach sleeping
  • Unsafe sleep locations -adult beds, couches, waterbeds, on pillows
  • Unsafe bedding/cribs that contain pillows, soft bedding such as bumper pads, blankets, stuffed toys, and soft crib mattresses
  • Shared sleeping areas with other children, adults, or pets
  • Falling asleep while holding a baby
  • Care by someone under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Baby monitors- Check your child frequently. Don’t rely on baby monitors or other items to alert you
Oakland County Health Division can help!