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GBI Child Fatality Review Unit Urges “Safe Sleep” Environments for Infants


The GBI’s Child Fatality Review urges parents to place infants in “Safe Sleep” environments. That means no sleeping with infants in parents’ bed. According to a media release from the agency, more than 100 infants dies in Georgia as a result of co-sleeping with their parents or being placed in other unsafe sleep environments.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in the US in 2017, there were approximately 900 deaths of infants due to accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed. In March of 2019, investigators around the state responded to 13 cases of “sleep related” deaths of infants in Georgia.

Reviewers ask parents to remember the ABC’s of Safe Sleep. Alone-bBabies should sleep alone in their own space. Back-they should be placed on their backs, every sleep, every nap, every time. Crib-babies should sleep in a crib or bassinet with a firm, flat surface, with no extra items like blankets or toys.