Last year, more than 100 infants in Georgia died due to co-sleeping or being placed in unsafe sleeping environments.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Fatality Review Unit wants to equip parents to keep their kids safe while sleeping and has offered some tips the help new parents.
According to the CDC, in the United States in 2017, there were about 900 deaths of infants due to accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed.
In March of 2019, investigators around the state responded to 13 cases of “sleep related” deaths of infants in Georgia.
As parents, it is very tempting to want to place your infant in your bed so you can comfort them and feel “safe” while they sleep. Georgia Child Fatality Review urges parents to resist this temptation. The agency urges parents to remember the ABC’s of Safe Sleep:
- Alone – Babies should sleep alone in their own sleep space, close but separate from their caregiver.
- Back – Babies should be placed on their back to sleep. Every sleep. Every nap. Every time.
- Crib – Babies should sleep in a crib or bassinet with a firm, flat surface with no extra items such as blankets or toys.