Research indicates the majority of infant deaths are accidental because the babies were sleeping in an unsafe environment. Leesburg Regional Medical Center has partnered with the Cribs for Kids National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative to take part in solving this problem. Much of the problem is bed sharing. LRMC will teach parents that sleeping alone, on his or her back, in a bare, safety-approved crib is best for any baby.
“Over 3,500 infants die each year due to sleep-related deaths,” says Stacy Lucas-Austin from the Maternal Child Health Department at LRMC. “Educating new parents is a critical tool in preventing such tragedies. Our partnership with Cribs for Kids exemplifies the dedication our staff has to even the newest members of this community.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends a firm mattress, tight-fitting sheet, wearable blankets, a smoke-free home, and breastfeeding. Never let baby sleep anywhere but in a crib, and remove everything but the baby from the crib at bedtime.