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October Is Infant Sleep Awareness Month

For many parents, taking care of a baby can be a lot of work from changing diapers, to feedings, even to playing and caring for the child. Illinois DCFS is reminding parents that October is Infant Sleep Awareness Month and for children one year old and younger unsafe sleep is a leading cause of death. 


Acting Director of the Illinois DCFS, Marc D. Smith is asking parents and caregivers to remain vigilant and put their infant to sleep with the ABC's--Alone, on their Back, and in a safe Crib every time the child goes to sleep. Smith says he is glad that infant deaths have decreased since last year. In 2019, 108 infants in Illinois under the age of 1 died as a result of being put to sleep unsafely. Of those 108, 87 were found in locations other than a crib, bassinet, or 'pack and play.' 76 of those 108 were found in positions other than on their back, and 71 were co-sleeping with another individual at the time of death. 


For infants, doctors say they sleep safest alone in a crib with a firm mattress and tightly-fitted sheet. Remove all pillows, blankets, bumper pads, stuffed animals, and especially toys. Never place an infant on an adult bed or couch for them to sleep and if you are traveling, call ahead to make sure accomodations include a crib or some way that you can set up a 'pack and play.'


For more information please visit the DCFS website. 

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