SLEEP SAFE, SLEEP WELL - SAVING BABIES' LIVES
The instinct to comfort a child, to help a child
sleep, by cuddling the child close in bed may seem
natural - even loving. One thing it is not, is safe.
And Public Health of Madison and Dane County officials
are joining an effort to educate parents to put babies
to sleep on their backs in their own beds.
The Dane County Safe Sleep Initiative is in response
to 26 deaths from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death in
the last five years, 22
of those in unsafe sleep environments.
To prevent accidental suffocations or strangulations,
local health officials are recommending American Academy
of Pediatrics guidelines for putting a baby to sleep
on his or her back, on a firm mattress in a crib free
from pillows, blankets or soft toys. It's ok to share
the room with the sleeping infant…but not the bed.
Sudden infant deaths are heartbreakingly tragic.
They are also preventable. We can all help spread
the word…sleep safe, sleep well.