Mass. Child Advocate Discusses New Findings On Infant Death Dangers

July 14, 2014

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is every parent’s worst nightmare, particularly because so little is known about what causes it. But research published Monday in the journal “Pediatrics” reveals the risk factors vary depending on the child’s age:

  • Infants four months and younger are most at risk if they sleep with others, whether it’s a parent, sibling or even a pet.
  • For babies four months to one-year, rolling into objects in the crib, things like blankets or stuffed animals, poses the biggest risk for death.  

These new findings come one day after the Boston Globe published a report by our partners at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.


Gail Garinger is the Massachusetts child advocate and a former juvenile court judge.  

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