Child rights advocacy center provides education and resources for Safe Sleep Month

MANISTEE COUNTY – Sleep-related infant deaths are the leading type of death in Michigan for infants aged 1 to 12 months, with suffocation being the most common cause. Statewide, 1.3 sleep-related infant deaths occur per 1,000 live births. More than two Michigan babies die each week due to sudden and unexpected infant deaths.

In addition to responding to cases of child abuse and neglect in Manistee and Mason counties, the Manistee County Child Advocacy Center works to actively prevent abuse, including providing safe sleep education and resources. to community partners.


In October, in recognition of Safe Sleep Month, the Manistee County Child Advocacy Center distributed Cribette sleeping bags and playpen kits to Transitions Women’s Wellness Center and District Health Department # 10. Funding for these materials was made possible through a grant to the Child Advocacy Center of the Children’s Trust Fund.

Due to unsafe sleeping practices for infants, Michigan babies suffocated while sleeping in adult beds; share a bed with an adult or a child; sleeping on furniture; and sleep with pillows, cushions and blankets.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, caregivers should follow these basic recommendations for safe sleep for infants to protect babies from suffocation or accidents during sleep and nighttime naps:

• Infants should be placed to sleep on their backs;

• Use a firm sleeping surface and a firm mattress covered only with a fitted sheet;

• Remove soft objects and loose bedding from the crib (no pillows, quilts, quilts, plush toys, protective cushions or other soft objects);

• Do not share a bed with your baby;

• Avoid letting your baby overheat;

• Practice a supervised “tummy time” while your baby is awake to strengthen the muscles of the neck and shoulders; and

• Make sure everyone who cares for your baby is aware of these guidelines, including caregivers, friends and family.

“We are grateful for our partnership with the Manistee County Child Advocacy Center and for donating sleeping bags and cribs for our clients,” said Rebecca Fink, Maternal and Child Health Program Coordinator with District Health Department # 10 , in a press release. “Providing safe sleep education and resources for new parents will help better protect children in our community. “

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