Did you know that Governor Rick Snyder declared September 2018 as Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month in Michigan to highlight the importance of preventing sleep-related infant deaths?
Here are some fast facts:
- Sleep-related deaths are those where the sleep environment likely contributed to the infant’s death, including those ruled SIDS, SUID, suffocation, and other causes.
- In Michigan, a baby dies nearly every other day due to sleeping in an unsafe sleep environment. That’s over 150 babies each year.
- Sleep-related infant deaths are the leading cause of death for infants between 1 and 12 months of age.
- Sleep-related infant deaths in Oakland and Macomb counties are lower than the average rate in Michigan, but Wayne county deaths are higher.
Help protect the infants in your life
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends:
- Placing baby on his or her back for every sleep time (i.e., nap time or bed time).
- Putting baby to sleep in a safety-approved crib, bassinet, or portable crib (pack-and-play) with a firm mattress and tight-fitting sheet.
- Keeping items out of baby’s sleep area. That means no blankets, pillows, or toys. Use a sleep sack if baby is cold.
- Offering a pacifier when putting baby to sleep.
- Baby sleeping on a surface separate from adults or other children.
- Room sharing (not bed sharing) for at least the first six months. Pull baby’s crib, bassinet or pack-and-play next to the adult bed for quick and easy feeding and comforting.
- Keeping baby’s sleep space free from smoke.
- Breastfeeding if possible; it is associated with reduced infant deaths.
- Practicing supervised tummy time to build strong neck and shoulder muscles.
- Ensuring everyone caring for the infant knows how to keep baby safe while sleeping.
For more information on infant sleep, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics’ sleep section, check out the resources from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, or learn more about the Safe to Sleep campaign from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.