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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2021
October Is Safe Sleep and SIDS Awareness Month
Sleep-related deaths are a leading cause of death in infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. A baby dies every 2-3 days in Michigan due to unsafe sleep. In Macomb County, one-third of sleep-related deaths involve an infant sharing a sleep surface. These deaths are 100% preventable.
For this reason, the state of Michigan has designated October as Safe Sleep and SIDS Awareness Month. The Macomb County Health Department urges the community to take action to help prevent sleep-related infant deaths.
In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics, please follow these infant safe sleep recommendations to protect babies from suffocation or accidents during nightly sleep and naps:
- Place infants to sleep on their backs in a crib, bassinet or pack ’n play
- Use a firm mattress covered only with a tightly fitted sheet
- Remove soft objects and loose bedding from the crib (no pillows, blankets, bumper pads, or toys)
- Do not share a bed with your baby
- Avoid allowing your baby to become overheated
- Encourage supervised tummy time when baby is awake to strengthen neck muscles
Make sure everyone caring for your baby knows these guidelines, including babysitters, friends, and family members.
For more information, visit https://health.macombgov.org/Health-Programs-FamilyHealthServices-SafeSleep or www.michigan.gov/safesleep. You can also visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PublicHealthMacomb or call 586-469-5520.
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