I had the honor of taping a public service announcement for Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana (PCAL) in regards to safe sleep environment for newborns and infants. The national “Safe to Sleep” campaign, which began 20 years ago, was started with the goal of reducing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the leading cause of death in children between 1 month and 1 year of age. While SIDS cannot be prevented, there are ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and extensive studies have shown that placing an infant to sleep on the back at all times has led to significant risk reduction. Since the inception of this campaign and through extensive community outreach and education, the rate of SIDS has dropped by 50% in the United States since 1994.
This is such an important message to get out to all care givers, so make sure and share this information about safe sleep environment with anyone and everyone who will be caring for your baby.