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UnityPoint Health participating in SIDS awareness month

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – October is SIDS Awareness Month and UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s wants to raise awareness of what a safe sleep environment looks like for an infant.

UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s is holding a contest in regards to babies sleeping safely in their cribs, where families can take photos of their infants safely in a crib and submit them to the hospital.

To submit a picture of your infant sleeping safely to UnityPoint Health, email the photo to 

According to the Mayo Clinic, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is “the unexplained, death usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old.

Health officials say there are about 3,500 sleep-related deaths among U.S. babies each year.

Although the cause is unknown, officials say SIDS might be associated with defects in the portion of an infant’s brain that controls breathing and arousal from sleep.

Researchers have discovered some factors that might put babies at extra risk. They’ve also identified measures you can take to help protect your child from SIDS:

To learn more about SIDS and how to keep your baby safe and healthy, visit the Mayo Clinic’s website. 

Dean Welte

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