Last week, State Representative Mike Murphy (R-Springfield) joined officials at the Sangamon County Public Health offices for a press conference to promote infant safe sleep awareness. While October was officially Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month, the importance of these safety tips remains important regardless of the month.
The press conference was part of the statewide prevention and education campaign of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), leading hospitals and community groups to help prevent sleep related infant deaths in Illinois.
The campaign is aimed at reducing the risk of sleep related infant deaths by providing essential information about the importance of creating a safe sleep environment to child caregivers and the general public. The goal this year is to maintain awareness throughout the year by partnering with community organizations and health care providers.
Unsafe sleep is a leading cause of death for children 1 year old and younger. In 2018, 143 infants in Illinois under the age of 1 died because of being put to sleep unsafely.
Parents and child caregivers are encouraged to practice the ABC’s of safe sleep:
- on their BACKS
- in a safe CRIB
Of the 143 infant deaths in 2018, 114 were found in locations other than a crib, bassinet or pack and play; 102 were found in positions other than on their back; and 97 were co-sleeping with another individual at the time of death.
Murphy was joined at the press conference by Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards, Sangamon County Sheriff Jack Campbell, along with officials from DCFS, HSHS St. John’s, and Memorial Medical Center.
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