State report says some babies in Kansas might not be sleeping safely

TOPEKA, Kan. — A state report says many Kansas families may not be following safe sleep practices designed to diminish the risk of infants dying in their sleep.

KCUR-FM reports that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment released a study last month based on a 2017 survey of mothers.

The survey found that four out of five new Kansas mothers said their babies sleep primarily on their backs.

Rachel Sisson is the department’s Bureau of Family Health director. She wants all parents to know that the safest place for babies to sleep is in a crib on their backs. She says babies shouldn’t sleep with soft items, pillows, blankets or bedding.

Nearly 20% of Kansas’ infant deaths in recent years were caused by accidental suffocation or strangulation, or other unknown causes.

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