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Health Department
Health and Community Services
43525 Elizabeth Road, Mount Clemens, MI 48043
(586) 469-5235

Contact: Roneeka Pleasant-Brown

Phone: 586-469-5905



September 20, 2018

September is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

September is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month and to recognize this important observance, Macomb County Health Department is reminding parents and caregivers of techniques that can help to substantially reduce the infant death rate in Michigan.

After years of significant decline, Michigan's infant death rate has held relatively steady since 2003, indicating that not all parents and caregivers are getting the message about safe sleep practices. By eliminating just the unsafe sleep deaths, Michigan's infant mortality rate could be reduced below the national average.

"Although we have made great strides in reducing the number of preventable infant deaths in Michigan, more work remains," said William Ridella, director/health officer, Macomb County Health Department. "In 2015, 159 Michigan infants died in unsafe sleep environments. From 2010-2015, there were 30 sleep-related infant deaths in Macomb County. The loss of these babies to unsafe sleep environments is tragic, particularly since such deaths are largely preventable."

Michigan babies have suffocated while sleeping in adult beds, sharing a bed with an adult or child, sleeping on furniture, and sleeping with pillows, cushions and blankets. In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics, follow these basic infant safe sleep recommendations to protect babies from suffocation or accidents during nightly sleep and naps:

  • Place the baby on their back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet.
  • Remove soft objects and loose bedding from the crib (no pillows, quilts, comforters, stuffed toys, bumper pads, or other soft objects).
  • Share a bedroom with parents, but not the same sleeping surface.
  • Avoid baby's exposure to smoke, alcohol and illicit drugs.
  • Avoid overheating your baby.
  • Make sure everyone caring for your baby knows these guidelines, including babysitters, friends and family members.

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