Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, November 2nd, 1998
But many parents are ignoring advice to lay their babies down to sleep on their backs, the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics said.
SIDS deaths declined around 11 percent in 1997, continuing a downward trend started when doctors discovered that putting babies to sleep on their backs greatly reduces the risk, the NCHS, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said.
There were 2,705 crib deaths in 1997, down from 3,050 in 1996, the center reported.
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