As concerned citizens in this community and also members of the Boyle County Child Fatality Review Team, we would like to share some information with the public that can have a positive impact on the number of child deaths that occur. This multidisciplinary team reviews all childhood fatalities in our area in an effort to identify community factors that may be contributing to an increase in childhood deaths. Scientific evidence points to unsafe sleeping conditions as a leading cause of accidental infant deaths. Current literature supports the recommendation that all babies be placed on their back to sleep on a firm, flat surface with no pillows, comforters or other soft objects around them that may block the flow of fresh air to the infant. Studies suggest infants not share beds with parents, but room sharing (having the crib alongside the adult bed) may be beneficial.
"The SIDS Alliance continues to recommend that the safest place for your baby to sleep is in a safety-approved crib, on a firm mattress, with no loose or soft bedding around them," according to Deborah Boyd, executive director of the SIDS Alliance. The Alliance further suggests that you never place your baby to sleep on a sofa, waterbed, pillow, soft mattress or any other soft surface. Do not allow the infant to share a bed with brothers, sisters or relatives other than the baby's mother.