CoIIN: Safe Sleep
The second leading cause of death in children under the age of 18 years old in Alabama is sleep related death. These deaths are preventable. The safest way for an infant to always sleep is:
- On their backs; and
- In their own cribs.
They should NOT sleep with:
- Bumper Pads
- Soft Blankets
- Other People
- Stuffed Animals
In 2014, there were 109 infants (21 percent of all infant deaths) that died from unsafe sleep related causes in Alabama. The goal of the Safe Sleep team is to increase safe sleep practices in the state.
- SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment
- Alabama Department of Public Health: The ABC's of Sleeping Babies
- Alabama Department of Public Health: Healthy Child Care Alabama
- Safe Sleep Practices
- Safe Sleep Video
Page last updated: April 14, 2017