Co-Sleeping Leading Cause of Infant Deaths

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Co-Sleeping Leading Cause of Infant Deaths

The leading cause of infant deaths in Fremont County over the last decade is co-sleeping. That's when an infant sleeping with an adult dies from asphyxia. In November 2012, a four-month-old child died from one such incident, and from 1999 to 2010 there were 10 co-sleeping deaths in Fremont County. 

Fremont County Public Health Nurse Jamie Cardine says that co-sleeping remains an issue even though it is preventable. Cardine says it's important to educate everyone who takes care of a baby about the dangers of co-sleeping and where a baby should sleep. Fremont County Public Health and Northern Arapaho WIC programs offer safe sleep surfaces for babies to reduce chances of co-sleeping deaths.