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Safe sleep saves lives
It's as easy as A-B-C

Kern County ranks 7th statewide in infant mortality rate with the top three causes being prematurity, congenital anomalies and unexpected infant deaths that occur during sleep. The death of any infant is tragic, but it’s especially tragic when it is entirely preventable.

One of the most important things a baby needs is a safe place to sleep. A baby’s risk of dying from suffocation and accidents increases 40 times when sleeping in an adult bed with parents or anyone else, rather than an empty crib. An average of 11 Kern County infants died annually in their sleep with most linked to an unsafe sleep environment.

The following ABCs are recommended to keep the baby safe while sleeping:

Alone – Put baby to sleep in a safety approved crib or bassinet with a firm mattress an well-fitted sheet. Don’t use stuffed animals, pillows or blankets as they can cause suffocation
Back – Put babies to sleep on their backs. Tell all caregivers “back to sleep” is safest.
Crib – Safety-approved cribs and bassinets are the safest place for babies to sleep.


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