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PSA warns parents about baby sleeping dangers

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has released a new PSA aimed at helping parents keep their babies safe while sleeping.

Metro says since 2006 about 21 babies have died each year from sleeping dangers, or about one death every other week. So far in 2013, one baby has died from unsafe sleeping conditions.

Metro says it happens across every race and every socio-economic background. They say these tragedies are completely avoidable.

They want every parent and caregiver to know the ABC's of safe sleeping.

  • A - Babies should always sleep ALONE. They shouldn't be co-sleeping with parents, siblings, even a twin or a pet.
  • B - Babies should sleep on their BACKS.
  • C - Babies should always sleep in a CRIB.

"If they sleep with someone, they may roll over on the baby or the baby may roll into someone and may not be able to get their airway unobstructed and ends up suffocating," Officer Laura Meltzer said.

Also, they shouldn't have bumper pads, pillows, heavy blankets or stuffed animals in their crib. 

Some companies have stopped supplying bumper pads to stores because of safety dangers. Some places, including Chicago and the state of Maryland, have even banned the sale of them because of the dangers.

Metro says if parents want to decorate their baby's crib they can do so, but if the baby is sleeping in it, everything else should be taken out.

Metro's abuse and neglect officers investigate these infant deaths, but says most of the time it is found to be just a tragic accident and no charges are filed.

The Southern Nevada Health District has more information here on how to keep baby safe.

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