Minnesota's Safe and Asleep Campaign
Annually, 40 or more otherwise healthy Minnesota babies die of sleep-related unintentional injuries while sleeping in unsafe conditions such as in an adult bed or on a sofa with parents or older children. Babies become tangled in bedding, get stuck under pillows, or trapped between a sleeping adult and cushions of a sofa or recliner. Sometimes their own sleeping parents roll over on them unintentionally, causing death from suffocation and chest compression.
Minnesota’s Safe and Asleep in a Crib of Their Own Campaign was launched in July 2007, and continues as a partnership between the Maternal and Child Health Section of the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics. Additional partners include the Department of Human Services Child Mortality Review Panel, the Minnesota Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, Twin Cities Healthy Start, the Cradle of Hope Program, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and local public health departments.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants sleep on their backs in their own safety-approved crib and in a smoke-free environment to reduce the risk both of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and these tragic preventable injury deaths.
We are in the process of updating the safe sleep materials on our website so that they reflect current American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) safe sleep recommendations. In the meantime, we have put together a list of materials developed by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child health & Human Development (NICHD) for use in your practice. You may either order the materials directly from their website or download them on your own. The materials may be accessed at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/SIDS/Pages/sids.aspx
List of suggested materials: