Adair County Child Fatality Review team members are dedicated to reducing the rate of SIDS related crib deaths. Recently, team members met with Adair County Health Department staff to develop a plan to bring awareness to their community on the safest way for an infant to sleep. Health Department staff suggested the Cribs for Kids/Safe Sleep Kentucky program available through Lake Cumberland District Health Department and a community partnership began.
Cribs for Kids is a national organization that allows agencies to partner together to purchase Pac n Plays for infants that do not have a safe place to sleep. Adair County’s Child Fatality Review team members are active in the community and are each aware of instances that an infant did not have proper bedding. Individuals on the team are so determined to reduce the number of crib deaths in their community that they have sponsored the purchase of Pac n Plays as private citizens. Through the local Cribs for Kids/Safe Sleep Kentucky program, Lake Cumberland District Health Department will match their purchase per program guidelines.
Safe Sleep Kentucky promotes infants sleeping on their backs, in a “safe sleep environment” in which an infant should be in a crib with the mattress and sheet only. Room temperature should feel comfortable to an adult. The crib should not have any additional bedding or toys and the mattress should be firm. Infants should not sleep in the bed or other area with the caregiver or in their car seat.
If you or your agency would like to learn more about the Safe Sleep initiative or become a community partner to help reduce SIDS related infant deaths, please contact Sabrina Merrick, Maternal Child Health Coordinator with Lake Cumberland District Health Department at 606 679-4416 extension 2288. Further information may also be found at http://safesleepky.com/ and http://www.cribsforkids.org/.
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Sabrina Merrick, Lake Cumberland District Health Department, Maternal-Child Health Coordinator