CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire health officials say a new report highlights the need to ensure that babies are put to bed in a safe environment.
The state Department of Health and Human Services worked with several organization to compile statistics on injuries and deaths involving children under age five. It found there were 11 injury-related infant deaths in New Hampshire between 2005 and 2009, and five of them were due to suffocation and strangulation in bed. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends putting infants to bed on their backs, on a firm mattress without any items in the crib, and in the same room as a parent.
In addition to the infant deaths, the report says nearly 49,000 young children were injured seriously enough to require hospital care during the same period.
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