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How to Prevent a Baby From Choking in Its Sleep While in the Crib

Babies should be placed on their backs when sleeping in a crib to prevent the risk of choking. “We call it the ABC approach -- baby should be alone, on his back and in a crib,” says pediatrician Charles Shubin of Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.

When a child is placed on his stomach, he is more likely to choke, whereas on his back, when food comes up, it doesn’t go down the wrong way, Shubin observes. Check also that the crib is free from blankets, stuffed animals and toys to avoid the risk of suffocation.

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