October marks the observance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness month across the United States. Nearly 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. As of 2018, Georgia averages three infant deaths every week due to SIDS and other sleep-related deaths. Many of these deaths result from accidental suffocation, overlay and, entrapment.
Georgia has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country. Sleep-related infant deaths occur suddenly, but parents and caregivers can reduce the risk of these tragic deaths by following the ABCs of safe sleep.
Alone – babies should sleep alone in their own sleep space, close to but separate from their caregiver.
Back – babies should be placed on their back to sleep. Every nap. Every sleep. Every time.
Crib – babies should sleep in a crib or bassinet with a firm, flat surface with no extra things such as crib bumpers, blankets or toys.