An important message from the County of Lake’s Department of Health Services, Public Health Division.
Lake County Public Health SIDS Coordinator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Safe Sleep: Recommendations from the Academy of Pediatrics
October 8, 2019 (Lake County, CA) – October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of sudden infant death and promote safe sleep for all Lake County’s babies. SIDS is the sudden death of an infant less than one year of age that cannot be explained despite a thorough investigation, including a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and a review of the medical history.
The three most commonly reported types of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) include Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Unknown Cause, and Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in bed. In the United States, 3,600 SUIDs were reported in 2017. Of those, an estimated 1,400 deaths were due to SIDS, 1,300 were due to Unknown Causes, and 900 deaths were due to Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in bed. In 2015, around 222 cases of SUID were reported in California, 131 of which were identified as SIDS.
Since there is no known cause of SIDS, it cannot be prevented. However, the Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released its Safe Sleep Policy Statement in 2016 that includes some of the following recommendations to reduce the risk of SIDS:
• Place the baby on its back to sleep, for every sleep.
• Use a firm sleep surface.
• Keep soft objects and loose bedding away from the infant’s sleep area.
• Avoid smoke exposure, alcohol, and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.
• Avoid the use of commercial devices that are inconsistent with safe sleep recommendations.
• Supervised awake tummy time is recommended to facilitate development.
• There is no evidence to recommend swaddling as a strategy to reduce the risk of SIDS.
The ABC’S of Safe Sleep can be a quick and easy reminder for families and caregivers. Sleep is Safest: Alone, on their Back in an empty Crib on a firm mattress.
The Lake County Public Health Department’s Maternal Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program focuses on raising awareness and educating all community members and providers in Lake County on the current safe sleep recommendations. This year, the MCAH Program will be present at the Heroes of Health and Safety Fair at the Lake County Fairgrounds on October 12. Information and resources will be available. Additionally, the MCAH Program offers Safe Sleep Training for medical providers, child care providers, and other professional agencies who are interested.
If you have any questions regarding SIDS or Safe Sleep recommendations, or would like to request a training, please contact the Lake County Public Health SIDS Coordinator at 707-263-1090.