Nov. 2, 2022
Infant sleep-related deaths up 150% in 2022
Springfield, Mo. – In 2022, 10 infants died because of unsafe sleeping conditions, up 150% from a total of four infant sleep-related deaths in 2021. The Springfield Police Department is encouraging caregivers to take steps to prevent future infant sleep-related deaths.
Caregivers should follow the ABCs of safe sleep. Infants should always be placed Alone, on their Back and in a Crib for naps and nights until their first birthday. Additionally, babies should sleep on a firm, flat surface in their own crib that is free from toys, blankets, pillows, bumper pads, and any other accessories.
Expecting parents and current caregivers can learn more about how to keep their baby safe and healthy through community partners including the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s NEST Partnership, Safe Kids Springfield, and Safe Sleep Missouri.
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Media Contact: PAO Cris Swaters