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On average, a baby dies every other week in our community due to unsafe sleep practices. In fact, sleep-related infant deaths are a major reason for Franklin County’s high infant mortality rate, and they are the leading cause of death for babies who are one month to one year of age.
Too many babies die in unsafe sleep environments, and many of these deaths are preventable. To do so, remember the ABCs of safe sleep:
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Additional infant safe sleep information, including local data, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) safe sleep recommendations, and presentations tailored for specific audiences such as nurses, childcare providers, and safety professionals/first responders.
Safe Sleep Resources and Links
Smoking is widely known to be a leading cause of preventable death of infants under the age of 1.
Women who smoke during their pregnancy are more likely than those who don’t to have a baby born too small, too soon or to lose a baby to a sleep-related death. Once a baby is born, exposure to secondhand smoke increases the baby’s chances of a sleep-related death.
If you are a mom-to-be, a new mom or are living with a newborn, there are resources to help you quit smoking. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to work on a plan to quit smoking.
View the Franklin County Smoking Cessation Services guide for more information.
Breastfeeding is an important step in giving our babies a healthy start in life. And it’s estimated that more than 900 infant lives per year may be saved in the United States if 90% of mothers exclusively breastfed for 6 months.
Breast milk helps reduce the risk of illness, asthma, sudden infant death syndrome, obesity, and childhood cancers; and helps develop the brain and nervous system. It also benefits the mother. Moms that breastfeed have reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers, type 2 diabetes, and postpartum depression.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends providing breast milk only for the first six months of a baby’s life, then gradually adding solid foods while continuing breastfeeding until the baby’s first birthday. After that, breastfeeding can be continued, and while it is the mother’s choice – any amount of breast milk is encouraged.
To help moms to begin and continue exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, it’s recommended that they:
- Start breastfeeding within the first hour of life
- Give baby no food or drink other than breast milk, unless there is a medical need
- Sleep in the same room as the baby, but not the same bed, couch, or chair
- Breastfeed on demand – that is as often as baby wants, day and night
- Give no bottles or pacifiers
Support and resources are available to help breastfeeding mothers succeed through programs where they can talk to other moms, support groups, and home visiting programs.
It’s a big world for babies, and it’s our job to keep them safe.
Car seats can be hard to get in your car the right way, and there are so many ways a baby can be unintentionally injured in a home, especially when you are busy caring for a new baby.
CelebrateOne partners offer help to make sure your world is a safe place for baby.
The First Year Checklist
- Add your new baby to your health coverage plan
- Make your post-baby appointment with your doctor
- Discuss family planning options with your doctor
- Ensure your baby has a safe place to sleep
- Remember the ABCs of safe sleep – babies must be alone, on their backs in a crib
- Protect your baby from second-hand smoke
- Find a pediatrician in your area for the baby’s first year check ups
- Get your child vaccinated and keep the records
- Find safe, reliable childcare
- Take care of yourself – a healthy mom has a healthy baby
- Breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months