Did You Know?
Awareness and education campaigns do work to fight SIDS! During the mid-1990’s, a “Back To Sleep” campaign was launched, which encouraged parents to place their infants on the backs to sleep, in a crib with a firm mattress with no blankets or fluffy bedding under or over them. Since the start of that campaign, progress has been made. The overall SIDS rate in the United States has declined by more than 50 percent.
Safe Sleep Program
Every year, as part of its Safe Sleep Campaign, CAPA provides parents of newborns with tips and tools for safe and comfortable sleep for their children. Yearly, 2,500 deaths are reported nation wide from improper sleeping arrangements or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS. This number is inexcusable and preventable. CAPA is doing its best to help. Each year, 420 Safe Sleep packages are distributed to Hillsdale Community Heath Center; which places them in the hands of parents of newborns. In the spring and summer months each package contains a cotton Halo Sleep Sack ©, and in the winter months, each package contains a fleece Halo Sleep Sack © that eliminates the need for blankets or insulation that could asphyxiate the newborn infant.
If you are interested in receiving a Safe Sleep package or know of someone who would like one, please feel free to contact us.
7 steps to safe sleep will help to protect your infant from SIDS
1. Baby sleeps by him or herself in a crib, portable crib or bassinet.
2. Always put baby to sleep on his or her back even when he can roll over.
3. Nothing in sleep area. No pillows, blankets, comforters, stuffed animals or other soft things.
4. Keep baby’s face uncovered during sleep for easy breathing.
5. Don’t allow anyone to smoke anything around baby.
6. Don’t overheat the baby. Dress the baby in as much or as little clothing as you are wearing.
7. Use a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet.