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Preventing Infant Sleep-Related Deaths

Do you have a baby at home? Do you know a family with a baby on your street, at work, or in your church? We need your help to keep our Baltimore babies safe!

So far this year, 11 babies have died while sleeping (this is sometimes called “SIDS”). These deaths can be prevented. Babies who sleep on their stomach or share the bed with an adult or sibling are more likely to accidentally suffocate.

We can keep babies from dying in their sleep with some Safe Sleep steps:

  • Alone. Babies should never sleep with anyone else.
  • Back. Babies should always sleep on their backs. Babies are less likely to choke when on their back.
  • Crib. Babies should always sleep in crib – every night and every nap. The crib should be clean and clear. There should be no toys or blankets in the crib.
  • Don’t Smoke. Never smoke cigarettes or marijuana in a home with babies or young children. Smoke in the home makes it harder for babies to breathe well.   

You should be sure to follow the Safe Sleep steps for babies every time. Please share this message with families with babies: Alone, Back, Crib, Don’t Smoke, and No Exceptions.

Here are some important numbers that help Baltimore families keep their babies safe:

  • To find out if you can get a free portable crib: 410-649-0500
  • For a confidential, safe 24-hour parent-helpline (for any issue, even how to deal with a fussy baby): 1-800-243-7337 
  • To find treatment for substance use or mental health: 410-433-5175
  • For help quitting tobacco: 1-800-784-8669 (24 hours a day)
  • For help coping with a loss: 410-235-6633

To find out more about Safe Sleep, visit our safe sleep site

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