Infant Safe Sleep
On average, a baby dies every
other week due to unsafe sleep practices in Franklin County. This is
approximately 22 babies who die suddenly each year. In fact, sleep-related
infant deaths are a major reason for Franklin County’s high infant mortality rate
(IMR), and they are the leading cause of death for babies who are one month to
one year of age. Too many babies die in unsafe sleep environments. In Franklin
County (2012-2014), 89% of babies who died while sleeping we either not alone,
not on their backs, or not in a crib. Most of these deaths are preventable.
Learn why it’s safest for our baby to follow the ABCs of safe sleep – Alone. Back. Crib. Every baby, every sleep!
Why the ABC’s?
Alone: 2 out of 3 babies who died while sleeping were sharing an adult bed, couch or chair. Share the room, not the bed.
Back: Babies who sleep on their backs are less likely to choke than those who sleep on their stomachs and are also able to breathe easier.
Crib: Empty cribs are safest, using a firm mattress and fitted sheet. No bumper pads, pillows, blankets or stuffed animals, or else babies may suffocate or strangle themselves.
Infant Safe Sleep Outreach
If you would like a presentation on the top ten tips for infant safe sleep or a safe sleep display at your community event, contact Nikki Jenkins, Infant Safe Sleep Outreach Manager, at email@example.com or (614)645-1762.
Become a CelebrateOne Safe Sleep Ambassador
Attend a free, two-hour training at Columbus Public Health to learn more about infant mortality and infant safe sleep. Then, make a difference in your community: spread the word about the ABCs of Safe Sleep to all caregivers. For more information including dates and times, click here.
Infant Safe Sleep Public Awareness Campaign
Greater Columbus-area public awareness campaign featuring television, radio, print, online, mobile, movie theater and Facebook ads, as well as billboards and bench ads throughout the community. Learn more ...
Infant Safe Sleep Public Awareness Campaign Materials
Campaign materials available for ordering and free download for partners (including local agencies, hospitals, insurance companies, and others who work with new and expecting parents). Learn more ...
Safe Sleep Resources and Links
Additional infant safe sleep information, including local data, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) safe sleep recommendations, and presentations tailored for specific audiences such as nurses, childcare providers, and safety professionals/first responders. Learn more...
The Greater Columbus
Infant Mortality Task Force, formed in November 2013 by Columbus City Council
President Andrew Ginther, created a community plan to reduce the number of
babies who die or face ongoing illnesses and disabilities in their first year
of life. CelebrateOne was created to carry out the eight recommendations
of the Task Force. CelebrateOne works to ensure our community reaches the
ambitious goal of reducing infant mortality by 40 percent and cutting the
racial disparity gap in half over the next five years. Learn more...