What do you think is the leading cause of fatal injuries to Florida children under the age of 5 years old? If you guessed drowning, you’re wrong.
Too many young children die from suffocation, the vast majority of whom are children under the age of 1 sleeping in an unsafe environment — either with an adult or with blankets, pillow or a soft mattress.
While many parents like to cuddle and breastfeed their babies in bed, the risk of infant death is 40 times higher when a child is sleeping with an adult.
Follow these tips to keep your baby safe
- Babies should always sleep in a safe crib, bassinet or pack ’n play with a firm mattress and tight-fitting sheet. Adult beds, couches, chairs, waterbeds and other furniture aren't safe for babies to sleep in.
- Remove all stuffed animals, bumpers or accessories.
- Lay your baby on his/her back to go to bed. Remember to remove a bib before putting your baby to bed.
- If you want to be near your baby, put the crib or bassinet in your room.
- Remember to always return your baby to the crib before going to sleep yourself.
- Check to see if your crib meets federal safety standards. If a can of soda fits between the slats, that means a child’s head could, too.
- If the crib has a side that drops down, it is unsafe and has been recalled by the federal government because a baby can get trapped in the slats and suffocate.
- Never place a crib near windows, draperies, blinds or wall-mounted decorative accessories with cords.
- Talk about safe sleeping with anyone who cares for your baby, such as grandparents, babysitters and others.
If you need help providing your baby a safe place to sleep, please contact Home Safe at 561-383-9871.