Safer Sleep

European studies show the risk of crib death can be dramatically reduced by placing babies on their back

| The phone call came while Robert Shaw, features editor at the Des Moines Register, was researching a story at the newspaper's library. His son Benjamin, three months old, had stopped breathing during his afternoon nap. "They told me to meet my wife at the hospital, which is about five blocks from my office," Shaw recalls. "I ran all the way." Shaw was told that his son could not be revived. "I picked him up, held him and said goodbye." An autopsy yielded no clues to the tragedy. Like 7,000 other babies in the U.S. each year, Benjamin had fallen victim...

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