The Ohio Department of Health launched a statewide awareness campaign to help reduce the number of Ohio babies who die in unsafe sleep environments. The ABCs of Safe Sleep Campaign aims to save infant lives. Families and caregivers can learn more about providing a safe sleep environment for their baby by visiting www.safesleep.ohio.gov.
Ohio's infant mortality rate is unacceptable! Ohio ranks 48th overall in the country (37th among white babies and 49th for African American babies). Our thanks to Senators Shannon Jones and Charleta Tavares for introducing a legislative package to fight the state's high rate of infant death. As they stated, "We lose too many babies in Ohio before they reach their first birthday and many of these cases can be prevented with proper training and education." A summary of their 5 pieces of legislation follows:
1) Improve Safe Sleep Education
2) Establish an Infant Mortality Commission to inventory state services, resources and their funding streams available to address Ohio's high rate of infant deaths.
3) Require the use of the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Incident Reporting Form whenever a child one year of age or younger dies suddenly when thought to be in
good health. This will help to understand the causes behind SUIDS and devise strategies to help prevent those deaths.
4) Establish a Federally Qualified Health Center Pilot Project.
5) Postpartum care management and Medicaid reimbursement for non-medical services.
Great News! The Ohio House of Representatives unanimously passed Senate Bill 198 which designates October as National SIDS Awareness Month in Ohio. The bill also encourages coroners and other designated officials to complete the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation (SUIDI) Reporting Form for every death that occurs before a child turns one year old. This bill now goes to the Governor for his signature. Read more in the press release:
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2013 SID Network Year in Review
The SID Network of Ohio continues to offer programs and services to parents, professionals and the community to further our mission to promote infant safety in an effort to reduce the rate of SIDS and SUID. As we reach out across the state educating parents and caregivers on safe ways to sleep their babies, we are reminded of the startling statistic that 3 infant deaths each week in Ohio are sleep related. Many of these deaths are preventable and through education we hope to make a difference in our overall infant mortality rate which is currently ranked 47th worst in the country. Our efforts are ongoing and each and every one of our programs is vital in reducing the number of sudden unexpected infant deaths. Read more...
Training for Professionals - SIDS Risk Reduction and Infant Safe Sleep Educational Workshops
Three statewide trainings are taking place in March 2014. Click here to get more information and to register
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled the Anglecare Movement and Sound Baby Monitors after 2 deaths from suffocation (11/21/2013). Please read the important link below to learn what you can do if you have this product:
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled the BreathableBaby Wearable Blankets due to choking hazard. See the important link below:
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October is National SIDS Awareness Month
SIDS and SUIDS (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death) are major causes of infant death. SIDS is the leading cause of infant death from one month to one year of age and sleep-related suffocation is the leading cause of
infant-injury death. Babies should always sleep Alone, on their Backs, and in a Crib free of blankets, pillows,
stuffed toys, and bumpers. We all can make a difference in the
fight against SIDS and SUID.
What can you do to help?
Learn about SIDS, SUID and safe sleep practices for babies, and share this information with everyone you know,
Infant Safe Sleep Recommendations - click here
SIDS and SUID Definitions - click here
Remember those babies who have passed away by
visiting our memorial page or send us a memorial for your baby
Reach out to a family in need
September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month
September is the month Ohio and the nation pay special attention to our infant death challenge and recognize that every baby deserves a chance to live to his/her first birthday, grow into a healthy child, and become a productive adult. Ohio lags behind most states in preventing infant deaths, just as the United States has fallen behind most other developed nations. In 2011, 1,088 babies died in Ohio before their first birthday. Ohio’s infant mortality rate for African-American babies is almost two-and-a-half times the rate for whites. We can and must change this situation for the better. Efforts to make this change are underway all over Ohio.
To learn more about infant mortality in our state and our efforts to bring down this rate, click here.
Visit the Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality by clicking here.
The CPSC just released an important recall on HALO SleepSacks. Please Click here to get more information.
Announcing Summit County's Infant Mortality Summit - June 6th
Summit County Public Health, along with community partners, is sponsoring this summit in order to locally address this urgent issue of infant mortality.
• Raise awareness of the reality of Infant Mortality in Summit County
• Learn the breadth of multi-factors that contribute to Infant Mortality
• Gain informat...ion about existing resources to reduce Infant Mortality
• Contribute community perspective on Infant Mortality and together identify next steps to help decrease Summit County’s rate
To register or learn more information CLICK HERE
March 2013 - Save the Date!
Our thanks to the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Northeastern Ohio, Inc. for their $500 Mini-Grant to fund our Infant Safe Sleep Program at Union Hospital in Tuscarawas County. This Mini-Grant will allow us to reach an underserved area with our campaign to educate moms on the importance of a safe sleep environment and how this will help to save babies' lives.
February 2013 - Beginning Feb. 28, 2013, manufacturers and importers of infant and toddler play yards are required to test their play yards to ensure that they meet new federal safety standards. Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission to learn more. CLICK HERE>
January 2012 - Upcoming training workshops for professionals will take place in March. The expanded AAP guidelines for infant safe sleep & SIDS risk reduction and the revised Report of Family Contact will be discussed. Please check your calendars and register today. 2.75 CPE credit is available for counselors and social workers. An application has been made for continuing education credit for nurses. To register for one of our 3 statewide workshops, CLICK HERE >
December 2012 - The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled the Nap Nanny Recliner due to 5 infant deaths. Read more by following this link: CLICK HERE >
September 2012 -
The Safe to Sleep campaign—formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign—aims to educate parents, caregivers, and health care providers about ways to reduce the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development launces the Safe to Sleep Public Education Campaign, CLICK HERE >
October 2011 - The American Academy of Pediatrics expands guidelines for infant sleep safety and SIDS risk reduction, CLICK HERE >
April 2011 -
The new CPSC mandatory standard for cribs goes into effect June 28, 2011. Compliance with this rule for child care facilities, family child care homes, hotels and other places of public accommodation is required by December 28, 2012. For more information, go to the CPSC Web site, CLICK HERE >