Preventing Infant Sleep-Related Deaths

Posted on October 13, 2017

Hattiesburg, Mississippi–Sleep-related deaths, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), are the second-leading cause of death in children under 1 year of age in Mississippi. Deaths related to unsafe sleep environments have been dramatically reduced in the last 10 years after parents began following the ABCS of safe sleep. Whenever you put your baby to sleep (at night or for naps), make sure they sleep:

Alone: Without an adult or other child in the same bed. Sleeping with others raises the risk of suffocation.

• On their Back: Sleeping on their stomach or side can interfere with a baby’s breathing and make death from SIDS more likely.

• In an empty Crib: Keep loose bedding, padding, toys and other objects out of a baby’s crib.

• In a Smoke-free environment: Cigarette smoke and smokers should not be part of a baby’s home or surroundings. Even when smoking is done away from home, smokers leave residues in the home that affect a baby’s health.

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