Saving Georgia’s Children: A Guide to Safe Sleep Practices
The month of October marks the observance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month across the United States. Nearly 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly, each year, in the United States and most of these deaths result from Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID) and sleep-related causes, such as accidental suffocation.
The Safe to Sleep Campaign, an effort led by the National Institutes of Health to reduce the instances of SIDS/SUID through safe sleep environments, is coordinated in Georgia through the Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Injury Prevention Program. In observance of SIDS, Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month, DPH is pleased to offer this toolkit.
This toolkit is designed to help community and faith-based organizations transform neighborhoods, engage communities, and promote safe infant sleep. There are a variety of activities and resources provided in this toolkit, so please don’t feel as if you need to do all of them. We invite you to explore the menu of options and decide which ones could work best for your organization.
What are the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations on safe infant sleep?
Community and faith-based organizations have a unique and critical role to play in ending infant sleep-related death and addressing related issues surrounding new parent support. Parents learn many lessons about healthy living and well-being in faith and community-based settings that establish the foundation for their lifestyles as responsible and involved parents.
The goal of the Georgia Safe to Sleep Campaign, facilitated by DPH, is to educate parents, caregivers, and practitioners about ways to increase protection for infants against SIDS/SUID and help to end sleep-related causes of infant death.
Please consider joining the Safe to Sleep Campaign to address the barriers that prevent EVERY baby from enjoying safe sleep, for every sleep.