Cincinnati Children's Blog

This Instagram-Ready Photograph is Profoundly Dangerous

In April 2010, Sam Hanke, MD, fell asleep on the couch with his 4-week-old son Charlie and woke up, hours later, to find his baby had passed away.

Charlie fell victim to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome next to his sleeping father.

The idyllic image of the dad sleeping with his baby on his chest, turned tragic. It turns out that image of the tired dad and the placid child, which has become so popular on Instagram and other social media sites, depicts very real danger.

To read about how Dr. Hanke now works to educate and support parents in making safe-sleep choices, click on

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