Infant Safety Message - Office of the Chief Coroner clarifies how children should be laid to sleep



    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - A report of the Paediatric Death Review
Committee, released yesterday by the Office of the Chief Coroner, reinforced
the practice of laying children down to sleep on their backs.
    "Children should be placed down to sleep on their backs until they are
one year of age," advises Dr. Jim Cairns, Deputy Chief Coroner of
Investigations and Chair of the Committee. "We also advise that children
should be placed on a firm mattress in a crib without pillows, crib bumper
pads or blankets," says Dr. Cairns.
    Unfortunately some media outlets have been reporting that the coroners'
office is recommending that children be laid on their stomachs. "This is
absolutely not correct," emphasizes Dr. Cairns. "Babies should be put to sleep
on their backs and not on their stomachs."

    
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For further information:

For further information: Dr. Jim Cairns, Deputy Chief Coroner of
Investigations, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, (416)
314-2342

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