'Safe sleeping' saves babies' lives in Delaware

By Mellany Armstrong 1:41pm, April 17, 2013
A new campaign seeks to cut the number of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome deaths in Delaware.

Lt. Gov. Matt Denn helped launch 'Long Live Dreams,' which stresses four core practices to parents.

"Babies should be sleeping in a smoke-free environment, babies should be sleeping in a crib, not in a bed with their parents. They should be sleeping on their back, and they should be sleeping without other objects in their crib," he said.

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Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landraf also spoke at the summit on child health in Wilmington.

"Many times parents believe that you can put a baby on its stomach, and also to fill the crib with a variety of items. In fact, that is a danger," she said.

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DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay says parents should not sleep with their babies.

"If an adult is sleeping with a child, whether it's a nap or during the night, it is associated with infant death," Rattay said.

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Delaware's infant mortality rate has fallen almost 14 percent since 2000, but SIDS is still the number three cause of death of babies in Delaware.

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