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Sleep Key To Preventing Infant Deaths

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Sleep Key To Preventing Infant Deaths

Promoting safe sleep habits for newborns is a key part of an initiative to reduce the infant mortality rate in South Dakota. First Lady Linda Daugaard is the head of the Governor’s Task Force on Infant Mortality…

About 80 South Dakota infants die each year before their first birthdays. The state’s infant death rate is higher than the national rate as well as that of neighboring North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Montana. Daugaard says health care providers are working with them to help parents as they take their children home for the first time…

Daugaard says they had to work to correct some bad habits…

Daugaard says the state has distributed safe sleep kits to families in need of safe places for their babies to sleep. Kits also went to licensed child care providers, foster care families and abuse shelters.

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