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SIDS Awareness Month: Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on October 02, 2013 @ 7:08PM
Created on October 02, 2013 @ 5:19PM

Sudden infant death syndrome is responsible for more than 2,000 deaths of infants each year. The issue with this syndrome is that many people aren't even aware of the risks.

"Usually occurs in kids from about one month to ten months in age, and it's just when children just die in their sleep basically. They stop breathing and die, and I don't think anyone really knows exactly what the cause of it is," said Dr. Mary Boyd, a pediatrician with Davis Health Systems. 

That's why the Davis Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is stepping in, and offering some help for new parents. They've donated money for the hospital to get "sleep sacks," which help get rid of the loose blanketing that could be a risk to those infants.

"The Halo sleep program that we're involved in is funded by a gentleman who actually had a personal experience where he lost his own child to SIDS. He started a program where he offered it to hospitals at a very, very discounted rate for organizations to sponsor them to provide these sleep sacks to hospital birthing centers," said Valerie Bright, volunteer services coordinator at DMH.

They're not only helpful for parents and their babies, they're also easy to use.

"After we bath the infant, we put the infant inside the sleep sack, which opens up and has the inverted zipper, so when you're zipping it down, you aren't catching the infant's chin. It has the sleeveless feature on it, and you swaddle it over," said registered nurse, Heather Knotts.

The sleep sacks also come with one of the most important warnings when it comes to SIDS. When parents put their infants to bed, it's important for them to be on their backs.

So, by using these sleep sacks, hospital officials hope to educate parents and keep their newborns safe.

"It might be things that they don't think about, so the auxiliary thought it would be a very important project that we could fund just to get to word out, and touch so many different lives with this in the community," said Bright. 

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