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Is Your Child Safe? Sleep Time – Health Canada Updates its Advice on Safe Sleep Practices for Infants and Children

July 10, 2012

OTTAWA, July 10, 2012 /CNW/ – Health Canada has updated its advice on
safe sleep practices for infants and children.

Likely the only time a parent or caregiver will leave a baby or young
child unattended is while he or she sleeps. Therefore, it is important
to make sure children are sleeping where they are safe. For this, it is
important for parents and caregivers to be aware of safe sleep

The safest place for a baby to sleep is on his or her back, in a crib,
cradle or bassinet. The Department is now advising that cribs more than
10 years old should not be used, as they are more likely to have
broken, worn, loose or missing parts, and to be missing warnings or

To help parents and caregivers keep infants and children safe, Health
Canada has produced the “Is Your Child Safe? Sleep Time” guide containing the most up-to-date information on best safe sleep

For more information on sleep time, visit: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/alt_formats/pdf/pubs/cons/child-enfant/sleep-coucher-eng.pdf

For more information on how to keep your child safe, consult Health
Canada’s web site at: http://hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/child-enfant/index-eng.php

SOURCE Health Canada

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