Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

October is SIDS Awareness Month

Thursday - Sep 28, 2006

Safe Kids Champaign County Offers Sleep Safety Tips

Champaign - October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, and Safe Kids Champaign County urges parents and caregivers to remember the phrase "back to sleep": babies need to sleep on their backs, face up, to minimize the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. SIDS is still not fully understood, but it is estimated that 900 cases each year involve soft bedding and suffocation in a crib or other sleeping environment. Soft bedding and mattresses have also been linked to more than 100 cases of fatal suffocation in playpens since 1988.

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