Tips to help fight infant death syndrome

Milam County Health Department
Back To Sleep and Tummy to Play are two important slogans to remember that go hand in hand to promote safety for infants while ensuring their proper growth and development.

Babies need to be placed on their backs for safe sleeping but they also need to spend time on their stomachs while awake and supervised.

SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) occurs in all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic groups, with African American and Native American infants being two to three times more likely to die of SIDS than Caucasian infants.

Male infants are 20 percent more likely to suffer from SIDS than female infants.

While SIDS is rare during the first month of life, the rate increases to a peak between 2 and 3 months of age and then decreases.

The majority of infants who die of SIDS appear to be healthy prior to death.

Through our contact with WIC participants we have the opportunity to provide parents with education on two important issues:

• Healthy babies are safest when sleeping on their backs.

• “Tummy Time” when infants are awake and supervised is a necessary component of normal infant development.

If you have questions about safe sleep practices please contact Healthy Child Care America at the American Academy of Pediatrics at www.healthychildcare. org

VACCINE HISTORY— The College of Physicians of Philadelphia has created a website that addresses the history of vaccines.

This website includes abundant and varied materials that inform and educate the public about the value of vaccination and the seriousness of the diseases vaccines protect against.

It includes a four-century time- line of vaccine developments, feature articles and popular articles, a gallery of photographs and short videos, resource materials for parents, activities that teach basic concepts about immunization science, resources and lesson plans for educators, and much, much more.

To access the home page of the History of Vaccines website, go to:

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