DECATUR — Public awareness of sleep-related infant deaths is critical in preventing these deaths, the GBI reports.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Department of Public Health and Division of Family and Children Services hope to raise awareness about the dangers of co-sleeping.
Prevention and awareness campaigns can effectively communicate the true nature of sleep-related infant deaths and the danger of unsafe sleeping environments. The majority of infant deaths in Georgia are not primarily related to sudden infant death syndrome, which many view as unpreventable, but is attributable to sudden unexplained infant death and other sleep-related deaths that are preventable.
Annually, more than 100 infant deaths are categorized as “sleep-related” in Georgia. It is critical that parents and caregivers know the simple, yet effective, prevention steps as well as the understanding of the true risk for infant death.
The GBI, DPH, and DFCS have released a public service announcement, “Saving Georgia’s Children – A Guide to Safe Sleeping Practices.”
You can view the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks9ew3lYRe4 or by visiting the GBI Facebook page. It is also on the GBI website, gbi.georgia.gov/CFR.