Safe sleep for every baby
Unsafe sleep practices remain a leading cause of death to infants younger than 1 year of age. According to the Ohio Infant Fatality Review, there were 819 sleep-related infant deaths between 2007 and 2011. Of those 819 deaths, 56 percent were boys, 38 percent were African American and 88 percent were infants younger than 6 months. In 2012, 16.67 percent of infant deaths in Montgomery County alone were caused by sleep-related incidents.
Infant mortality, particularly those related to unsafe sleep practices, has been chosen as one of the top three priorities Dayton Children’s Hospital will address through our 2014 community health needs assessment implementation plan.
One key component of addressing unsafe sleep practices is to ensure infants have a safe place to sleep. Dayton Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce our partnership with the Ohio Department of Health and Cribs for Kids to provide infant survival kits to families in our community.
About Cribs for Kids
Cribs for Kids® is a National Infant Safe Sleep Program administered through Sudden Infant Death Syndrome of Pennsylvania (SIDSPA). Through their research, SIDSPA has found that babies who sleep in unsafe sleep environments, including adult beds, are at 40 times greater risk of dying from SIDS. Cribs for Kids® has been identified as a key factor in reducing the rate of infant deaths due to SIDS and accidental suffocation. The safe sleep education program will help reduce the risk of injury and death of infants due to unsafe sleep environments. Cribs for Kids® has been providing safe sleep education with the intervention of a Graco Pack ‘n Play portable crib, to families who cannot otherwise afford a safe place for their babies to sleep since 1998.
How our program works
Parents/caregivers attend a one hour safe-sleep class given by trained staff. At the end of the class, parents/caregivers are provided with a Graco Pack ‘n Play portable crib. We also offer a complete ‘Safe Sleep Survival Kit’, which contains a Halo Sleep Sack (wearable blanket), a Pack n Play crib sheet, and a pacifier approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
This program is open to all families in our service region. Our program requirements:
- A mother in the third trimester of pregnancy or who has a child 4 months or younger
- The family/caregiver must receive education on safe sleep, proper use of pack n play, and use of other materials in the survival kit, and
- The family/caregiver must meet WIC income eligibility guidelines.
Referrals can be made to the MeadWestvaco Family Resource Center at (937) 641-3700. Parents/caregivers can also make an appointment by calling the MeadWestvaco Family Resource Center at (937) 641-3700 directly.
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