There has been an increase in infant deaths related to unsafe sleep practices.
The BC Coroners Service Child Death Review Unit has identified an increase in infant deaths related to unsafe sleep practices.
Over the past three years, there has been an average of 18 sleep related deaths per year. In 2016, in just under four months (between January 1 and April 28, 2016), 15 infants have died. Almost all were younger than six months of age.
Health care professionals are reminded to ensure that safe sleep practices are discussed with all expectant parents and parents/caregivers with young infants.
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