Two zip codes on San Antonio’s East side have higher rates of death for babies before the age of one, according to the University of Texas System. Although Texas’ infant mortality rate is lower than the national average, these two San Antonio zip codes are at least twice the state average of 5.8 deaths per 1,000 births. Dr. Sanji Garza-Cox, a MEDNAX-affiliated neonatologist at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio in Texas, discusses preventative measures that can help reduce local infant deaths, including implementing safe sleep conditions. “We actually recommend that the child simply be alone on his back with no items surrounding – we prefer the baby is in the mom’s room,” Garza-Cox said. “The reason why the baby box is so appealing is because it comes with a flat mattress that is not very soft and nothing else can go around it, plus it’s very easy to put on the side of mom’s bed.”

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