Officials warn of suffocating infants in upcoming cold streak

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County’s Health Commissioner put out a warning for the parents and caretakers of infants Tuesday of a risk of death which is higher in the winter.

Commissioner Gale Burstein said two children have already died this year from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, a preventable cause of death. Burstein said during the winter many parents will either have their children sleep with them, or give the child extra blankets to sleep in.

She said babies aren’t able to remove blankets or roll over if they are suffocating, and it can lead to death.

Burstein gave several tips for keeping a baby safe in the winter.

  • Always place a baby on its back to sleep.
  • Use baby-safe bedding.
  • Do not sleep with your baby.
  • Be careful not to fall asleep while nursing, holding or feeding a baby. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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