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‘Infant Safe Sleep Month’ Brings Awareness To Families

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DETROIT (WWJ) - The month of September has been declared “Infant Safe Sleep Month” in Michigan. Statistics show that one-third of babies in the state, die from suffocation or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Sandra Frank, CEO of Tomorrow’s Child, said their goal is to bring awareness to families.

“SIDS itself, the numbers have declined, but over the last 10 years the numbers have plateaued on the sudden infant deaths, just kind of flattened out. So, we really need to renew our efforts to support safe sleep with Michigan families.”

Frank says babies should sleep on their backs. She also said revised recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how baby’s should sleep will come out next month, and they will be even more specific.

“I think we’re going to hear more about deaths that are considered more suffocation-type deaths. I think we’re going to be talking a little bit more about crib, a little bit more about bumper pads, perhaps not using bumper pads.”

For more information on infant safe sleep and SIDS, visit www.tomorrowschildmi.org.

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