(WCSC) - New mothers may not be getting the advice they need from their doctors about safe sleep for their babies.
The new study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, reports roughly 20 percent of mothers said they didn't get advice from their doctors about placing babies to sleep on their backs, a practice known to reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS,) or crib death.
Most SIDS deaths happen when babies are between one month and four months old. According to the latest figures from the South Carolina Health Department, 35 babies died of SIDS in 2013.
The study also found more than 50 percent of the mothers reported their doctors didn't offer advice on where their babies should sleep.
State health experts recommend babies be put to sleep on firm, safety-approved cribs, bassinets and portable play areas, and not share a bed with parents.