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When it comes to babyproofing, you’ve thought of everything, right? (Outlet covers? Check. Safety gates? Of course.) But according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, accidental death rates dropped among all age groups in 2009, the latest year for which data is available—except among babies younger than 1 year. Below are the leading causes of accidental death for babies, listed in order, along with advice to keep your child out of harm’s way.
1. Suffocation More than 900 babies younger than 12 months died in 2009 from suffocation.
Stay-safe tips: Remember the ABCs of safe sleep, says Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C.: “Babies should sleep A-Alone, without blankets, bumpers or pillows; B-on their backs; and ‘C-in a crib.
2. Motor Vehicle Accidents In a 2012 survey from AAA , three-quarters of Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians reported that parents misuse the LATCH system—designed to make car-seat installation simpler—more than half of the time.
Stay-safe tips: It’s essential that the base of the seat not move more than 1 inch in any direction. Have your work checked for free and glean tips from local pros at SeatCheck (seatcheck.org).
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