During the colder winter months, doctors see an increase in infant deaths due to the use of pillows and thick blankets, which greatly increase the chances of suffocation. Dr. Sanji Garza-Cox, a MEDNAX-affiliated neonatologist at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio in Texas, said it is important to take measure for “safe sleep” at least until the newborn is a year old. Garza-Cox said over the last several years, there has been an increase in infant deaths, and that some of those deaths were preventable. Newborn “safe sleep” includes having them on a flat bed with a firm mattress and tight-fitted sheet as well as ensuring they sleep on their backs. “If the room is a little colder, or as the winter months come, every child is to sleep with one more layer than we are wearing,” Garza-Cox said.
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