SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- On average, 3,500 infants die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) a year, according to Alyssa Sackett at UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's.
March 14-20 is safe sleep awareness week.
UnityPoint Health - St.Luke's shows new parents how to practice safe sleeping before they are sent home with their newborn.
Practicing safe sleeping means not having blankets, stuffed animals, pillows, or extra items in the crib.
Alyssa Sackett, Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator with the hospital, said it is important to avoid soft surfaces as well.
"There are a lot of things that can happen when they maybe are on a softer surface. They might be able to roll over easier, that puts them at a higher is for suffocation," said Sackett.
SIDS cannot be predicted or prevented 100% of the time, but following the safe steps can reduce the risk.