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CFRT Donation Reminds Parents to Put Babies ‘Back to Sleep’

From left:  Chris Payne; Sheila Rogers, RNC; Tammy King, CAC Executive Director & Child Fatality Review Team Coordinator; Ann Siden, Director of Huguley’s Women’s Services; Micah Eimerbrink, DSHS, Johnson County

The Texas Department of State Health Services, together with the Johnson County Child Fatality Review Team, have given Huguley Memorial Medical Center approximately 1000 infant onesies and educational materials promoting the Back to Sleep campaign.

So parents and other caregivers remember to put their babies on their backs to sleep, Huguley nurses will give each newborn an infant onesie printed “This Side Up” on the front.  The outfit and brochure are available in English and Spanish.

To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the U.S. Department of Public Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that babies sleep on their backs, on a firm surface without loose bedding or stuffed animals.  Since the Back to Sleep program was launched in 1994, the U.S. has realized a 38% reduction in the rate of SIDS.

The Johnson County Child Fatality Review Team studies each death of a child in Johnson County to determine its cause.  “This donation helps us meet our primary objective:  to stop preventable deaths.  We want parents to introduce safe sleeping habits for babies from the first night home from the hospital,” said Tammy King, executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center and Johnson County Child Fatality Review Team Coordinator.