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Health officials warn of co-sleeping dangers

Daneta Kegler, District Child Health Coordinator Daneta Kegler, District Child Health Coordinator
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Southwest Georgia Public Health officials want parents to know the dangers of sleeping with their infants.
Last week, public health and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations released a Public Service Announcement about the dangers.
Health officials say co-sleeping puts an infant at risk for suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

"If you would like to have your child in the room at your bedside I would recommend a bassinet or maybe a play crib, big play pen where they can be close by but not directly in the bed with you,” said Daneta Kegler, District Child Health Coordinator.   

Kegler says it's important for babies to sleep on their backs in cribs without any toys next to them.
Each year, more than 100 infant deaths in Georgia are categorized as "sleep-related."

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