There is a right way and a wrong way for children to sleep in their first year. Illinois is observing Safe Sleep Awareness Month, as those involved in public health and child welfare work on making parents and caregivers aware of proper sleep conditions for kids up to age 1.
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“We want to remind parents and caregivers that safe sleep is all about the ABCs: Babies should always sleep alone, on their backs, in a safe crib in a smoke-free environment,” Nora Hams-Pavelski, who oversees the child abuse and neglect hotline for DCFS, said in a presentation on the subject at Memorial Hospital in Springfield. This is to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which killed 40 infants in Illinois in 2011.
But sometimes, children aren’t positioned properly for sleep. Thirty percent are not put to sleep on their backs, and 70 percent have a blanket, toys or another person in their sleep environment, according to the Department of Public Health.