Infant safe sleep awareness

Infant safe sleep awareness


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Many infant deaths are being attributed to unsafe sleep environments, rather than sudden infant death syndrome.

In Tennessee, 142 infant deaths resulted from improper sleep conditions in 2009.

Parents and caretakers should always follow the "ABC's" of infant sleep, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. The baby needs to sleep alone, on the back and in the crib.

People who sleep next to their baby run the risk of rolling over on the infant and suffocating the child. Also, the crib should be empty so no items trap or suffocate the baby.

In order to keep infants safe, parents should avoid co-sleeping, smoking in the house and soft bedding in the crib. In addition, babies should not sleep on their stomachs or sides.

September is infant safe sleep month, and caretakers of babies should pay attention to the new guidelines since they have changed over the years.

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