Community raises awareness of infant deaths

Community raises awareness of infant deaths
Department of Public Health for the SW GA district

LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - The Southern Districts Child Fatality Review committee and the Department Public Health’s LUV group are coming together to raise awareness about child deaths in South Georgia.

In Lowndes County, officials said there have been approximately 20 preventable infant deaths in the past five to six years.

We spoke to a registered nurse and perinatal director about the ABC’s of safe infant sleeping.

Tiffany Vinson shared that the babies should sleep A—alone, B—on their backs, and C—in a crib.

Not following these rules could lead to suffocation.

Vinson said that one of the biggest culprits responsible in these deaths is co-sleeping, which means infants sleeping in the same bed as someone else.

“The parents just roll over on the child--not intentionally, but it happens because an infant is so small, they can’t push anyone off or their nose is so small they can’t do that breathing," said Vinson.

She also spoke about how babies need to sleep on their back so their windpipe is positioned properly, should they spit up or throw up.

Vinson also warns against putting other items or babies in the crib alongside your infant, or allowing them to sleep on an air mattress.

Both of which can also lead to suffocation.

If you or anyone you know has questions about proper infant care, you can contact the Georgia Department of Public Health for help.

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