Tenn. health department seeks to reduce infant sleep deaths

Tenn. health department seeks to reduce infant sleep deaths


NASHVILLE (WATE) - The state health department wants to remind Tennesseans about safe sleep practices for babies and hopefully prevent deaths.

The state launched its "Safe Sleep" campaign two years ago with the goal of reducing sleep-related deaths in children.

A new public service announcement campaign aimed at reducing sleep-related deaths for infants features a Tennessee mom named Sandy who lost her son to a sleep related death.

She has made it her mission to educate other parents and caregivers about safe sleep practices.

In 2012, 121 Tennessee babies died while sleeping because someone rolled on top of them, they became entrapped in something in the bed and were strangled or they were caught between an adult or another child and the back of a couch or chair.

The state health department says those deaths are preventable by following the ABC's of Safe Sleep:

  • A is for Alone:  Always let the baby sleep alone, never in a bed with another person where the baby could be smothered.
  • B is for on the baby's Back:  An infant should be placed to sleep on his or her back, not on his or her side or stomach.
  • C is for Crib:  Always put a baby to sleep in a crib that is empty of other items such as pillows, toys, blankets and bumper pads.

To learn more about the campaign, click here. To view the PSAs, click here.

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