- Second District
Hoping to raise awareness about the dangers of parents sleeping in the same bed with their babies, child advocacy organizations have launched a major educational and marketing campaign throughout Los Angeles County.
The statistics are chilling: every five days, a baby in Los Angeles County suffocates while sleeping. Over the last four years, 278 babies in the county have died from sleep suffocation — more than all other accidental deaths of children under the age of 14. These deaths are silent and quick—and completely preventable. Sleep suffocation is most common among Latino and African-American families.
The Safe Sleep for Baby Campaign, which is also in Spanish and was created by the Los Angeles County Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect and First 5 L.A, encourages parents to share a room, not a bed and to place the baby in a crib or bassinet. Parents are also advised to lay babies on their back, without pillows, blankets, bumpers or toys. Accidental suffocation is the greatest risk for babies under the age of one.
Here are some answers for common questions on safe sleeping techniques:
For more information visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/mch/sids/sids.htm
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