Infant asphyxiation deaths on the rise in Monroe County

Posted at: 07/12/2013 10:56 PM
Updated at: 07/12/2013 11:22 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

Nine babies have died so far in 2013 due to asphyxiation during their sleep. Officials say this is because they either fell asleep in bed with their parents or have things like blankets and stuffed animals in their cribs.

In all of 2012, there were only eight infants that died from the same thing. Doctors say these numbers are because, many times parents don't realize what should and shouldn't be in the crib with the baby.

News10NBC spoke with a family who's little girl, Maya, was born just six days ago. They shared their experience of learning about crib safety.

"There is so much to consider and it really can be very overwhelming and for the crib," says Julie Goldstein, mother of Maya. "You start to realize and start to be told that you can't put any type of blankets or stuffed animals in the crib. So it is a little upsetting cause you want to make it cute and want it to look really good but unfortunately it is not safe for the baby. You really have to make it as bare bones as possible."

Baby Maya's crib is exactly what a crib is supposed to look like, basically bare. Experts say parents should avoid the temptation of putting things like blankets and stuffed animals in the crib when the baby is sleeping.

You also want to make sure the baby is sleeping on a firm mattress that fits snug in the crib. In all last seven months, in Monroe County, we have seen more babies die because of these dangers than in all of last year. This afternoon, I apoke with a doctor who works in pediatric emergency at Strong Memorial Hospital about this increase.

"No body is entering into this thinking 'I am going to do something dangerous for my child,'" says Dr. Elizabeth Murray of Strong Memorial Hospital Pediatric Emergency. "They are exhausted this is the hardest job you are ever gonna have and they are trying to enjoy the situation. They are trying to do the right thing. So getting in the habit of putting the child in their own sleep environment is going to be the most critical thing. Without blankets or toys."

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