(WALB) - In Georgia, the number of children under 1 year of age that die from a sleep-related cause such as SIDS, suffocation, entrapment or asphyxia has remained fairly constant.
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Know the ABC's of Safe Sleep
Georgia's Safe to Sleep Campaign centers on the ABCs of safe sleep recommendations set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- Alone – Babies should sleep alone in their own sleep space, close to but separate from their caregiver. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to share a room with the baby, but avoid sleeping in the same bed with the infant.
- Back – Babies should be placed on their back to sleep. Studies show that placing infants on their back for all sleep times, including naps and at night, dramatically reduces the risk of SIDS.
- Crib – Babies should sleep in a crib or bassinet that meets standards set forth by the Consumer Products Safety Commission. The mattress should be firm and covered with a tight-fitting bottom sheet made specifically for the crib. No blankets, quilts, crib bumpers, toys or any objects should be in baby’s sleeping space.
According to the CDC, deaths of children by accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed have increased every year over the past decade.
In 2014, 158 sleep-related infant deaths happened in Georgia. The highest rates of deaths occurred in infants between the ages of 1 and 3 months.