Study: Parents still placing babies in unsafe sleeping environments

In this Wednesday, June 8, 2016 photo, Moses William Hilton sleeps in his crib at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, in Hutchinson, Kan. Moses weighed over 14 pounds when he was born on June 2, at the hospital. (Sandra J. Milburn/The Hutchinson News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

(KRON) — A new study reveals that too many parents continue to place their babies in unsafe sleeping environments, despite a decades-long campaign to encourage parents to have babies sleep on their backs.

The report by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that a number of parents are putting their babies, between the ages of 1 and 6 months, at risk by placing them down on their sides or their stomachs.

Parents are also using sleep surfaces which are too soft, bedding too loose, or allowing their child to share a bed with them.

The Department of Health and Human services said sleep-related deaths are the most common cause of death for babies one month to one year of age.

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