SIDS Deaths Spike on New Year’s Day

champagneHere’s a sobering statistic, and I hope we take that expression literally: SIDS–Sudden Infant Death Syndrome–spikes dramatically on New Year’s Day.

A new study finds that after a night of partying, too many parents, their judgment impaired by alcohol, are not taking the usual precautions in putting their babies down to sleep. As a result, infants are 33% more likely to die from SIDS on Jan. 1 than on any other day of the year, according to the UC San Diego study.

Remember, always put your infants to sleep on their backs.  For more tips on preventing SIDS, click here.

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and safe 2011!

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