Too many babies across Kentucky are dying because they are being put to bed improperly. Kosair Children's Hospital, wants to educate parents about the dangers of sudden infant death syndrome -- also known as SIDS -- and how proper sleeping habits can reduce a baby's risk for SIDS.
Erika Janes, R.N. is the coordinator of Safe Kids Louisville and Jefferson County, a program led by the Children's Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy of Kosair Children's Hospital. She says Kentucky is one of the top 20 states for sudden unexplained infant deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a major factor in that frightening statistic is exposure to smoke.
Other forms of sudden unexpected infant death are suffocation, entrapment, infection, metabolic diseases, heart issues, accidental and nonaccidental trauma, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the unexplained sudden death of an infant under age 1.
It's a startling fact, but one that parents, family members and caregivers need to be aware of: Nearly 4,600 babies needlessly die each year due to sudden unexpected infant death, defined as the death of an infant under 1 year old that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly.
Always putting babies to sleep in a safe way is key to the prevention of sudden unexpected infant death. The current recommendation for safe sleep for infants is the "ABC" method: Alone on their Back in a safe Crib.
ABCs of sleep:
Always on Back in a Crib
Babies should sleep:
· On their backs
· By themselves
· On firm bedding
Preventing sleeping environment deaths
· Be breastfed
· Use a pacifier
· Receive immunizations
· Be kept away from tobacco smoke
For more information on Safe Sleep, call the Office of Child Advocacy at (502) 629-7358 or CLICK HERE.