October is SIDS Awareness Month

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS is the sudden, unexplained death of a baby younger than one year of age that doesn't have known cause even after a complete investigation.

Around 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. As a community, we have discovered by putting babies on their backs during sleep is best practice and the safest for our youngest twelve months and younger. But did you know, half of those deaths mentioned above are due to unsafe sleep practices.

Unsafe bedding, sleeping in the adult bed, toys and stuffed animals in the sleep space make a dangerous sleep environment for babies. Keeping Tennessee's babies safe and healthy is everyone's responsibility.

Fore questions or concerns, please contact your local TN CCR&R Infant and Toddler Quality Coach, click here. Download Safe Sleep Campaign Materials, click here. These posters are designed with a simple safe sleep message and can be used to help educate parents and other caregivers on safe sleep practices.

Source: CDC WONDER, http://wonder.cdc.gov


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