Unsafe sleeping arrangements are one of the leading causes of death among infants. In 2018, 143 infants under the age of one died in Illinois due to hazardous sleeping environments.
This month, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) are coming together to help combat sleep related infant deaths in Chicagoland with Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month. This statewide prevention and education campaign aims to reduce the risk of sleep related infant deaths by providing information to the general public on the importance of creating a safe sleep environment for children.
Here are some safe sleep tips from KID:
Follow the ABCs of safe sleep: Babies sleep safest Alone, on their Back, and in a Crib, bassinet, or play yard that hasn’t been recalled and meets the federal standard. The baby’s sleep area should be clear of pillows, blankets, bumper pads, and any other products.