September is Safe Sleep Month
WELD COUNTY, Colo. — Across the state the message to new parents is: take the Safe Sleep Pledge in which you promise to follow the A-B-C’s to keep your infant safe.
More than 25,000 infants die every year while sleeping including nearly 400 in Colorado.
Between 2004-11 there were 474 kids who died in sleep environments, at least 351 of these infants were not places to sleep according to recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The AAP says parents should follow the ABCs of infant safe sleep: Alone, on their Back, and in their Crib.
Bed sharing appears to be an important factor in sleep deaths, with 206 infants dying when sharing the bed with another person.
Of the 474 infants who died between 2004-11 only 42 met the three major AAP recommendations.
In Weld County, health officials proclaimed September Safe Sleep Month to cut down on four infant deaths in the county which happened in 2011. The hope is to cut down on the deaths and increase awareness.
A pair of moms who brought their infants to show the right ways and wrong ways to bed kids down, both agreed on the needs to keep kids safe while they sleep.
Several baby hospitals are also rolling out campaigns to keep kids safe, if you know the A B Cs pass them on to anyone with a newborn.