Kim Nation from the Baby Safe Sleep Alliance of Winn Parish spoke to the Kiwanis club Monday, January 27, 2020. The infant mortality rate is at an all time high in Louisiana for the years 2015-17. In 2018 there were 7.82 deaths per 1000 live births. There are 9 regions in Louisiana and we are in region 6 which had 8.93 deaths per 1000 live births. This was the fifth highest so this region is in the middle. They would like the number to be 6 deaths per 1000 live births or lower.
SIDS is sudden infant death syndrome. There is no obvious reason for the death and it is recorded as SIDS on the death certificate. SUIDS is sudden unexpected infant death and is usually due to asphyxiation or suffocation. The leading cause is unsafe sleep. Where does the baby sleep? A rock and play is unsafe for sleep. Nation passed around personal pictures showing unsafe ways for babies to sleep. Suffocation is the leading cause of death in Louisiana.
All of these recommendations have evolved over the years and what used to be done is no longer done. Babies should be placed on their backs, not on their stomach. They should not sleep with adults, other children, real or stuffed animals. Babies should not sleep with anyone on a sofa or recliner where the adult is holding the baby. Soft surfaces are not good. You should not have bumper pads in the cribs nor comforters. Overheating is not good for babies. You should not smoke around babies and they should be in a smoke-free environment.
The Baby Safe Sleep Alliance is giving out Safe Sleep Pack and Play Cribs and accessory kits. If the mother expresses a need she can get one. There is an education class that expectant mothers can attend taught by first responders or healthcare professionals and then the mother can receive this crib. They are also available in cases of emergency that first responders and other trained personnel respond to. The packs are free of charge as long as you attend a Safe Sleep Training. Fundraisers raise money. There could be grants available in the future. The monies are dispersed through the United Way.
This article is written and provided by the Kiwanis Club