By Kristina Smith, Producer - Your Carolina - email
October is Sudden Infant Death/Safe Sleep Awareness Month.
According to the CDC, South Carolina ranks 16th in the nation for the rate of SIDS and other sleep related deaths.
In Greenville County since 2008, we have lost 29 infants due to unsafe sleep environments: 2008, 3 deaths; 2009, 3 deaths; 2010, 4 deaths; 2011, 12 deaths; 2012, 7 deaths. So far this year, five children have died in Greenville County due to unsafe sleep environments.
Advice given new parents has changed dramatically in recent years. New safe sleep recommendations were issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2011.
Recommendations include the following: · no bumper pads · no sleep positioners · not letting infants routinely sleep in sitting devices · do breast feed · do get immunizations · do room share without bed sharing
There are also changes in crib/pack n play safety standards
Make sure everyone everywhere follows safe sleep recommendations - babysitters/ daycare providers, even grandma when you're traveling/visiting.
Remember: It's back to sleep for every sleep
Know your ABCs of safe sleep · A-Alone · B-on the Back · C-in a Crib
Upstate Cribs for Kids, led by Safe Kids Upstate and the Children's Hospital of Greenville Health System, is helping raise community awareness.
Since 2008, Upstate Cribs for Kids has provided safe sleep education to 1,451 families and provided training on how to address safe sleep to over 500 professionals in 19 agencies.