Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
LANSING, Mich. – September is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month, and First Lady Sue Snyder and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are encouraging all parents and caregivers to implement safe sleep practices to help eliminate sleep-related infant deaths in Michigan.
“As a state, we need to do everything we can to reduce preventable infant deaths caused by unsafe sleep environments,” Sue Snyder said. “I am committed to promoting heightened awareness and ongoing progress in educating parents, caregivers and health professionals on how to keep these tragic deaths from occurring now and in the future.”
A baby dies nearly every other day in Michigan due to unsafe sleep. Infants can suffocate quickly and quietly if they are in an unsafe sleep environment – such as sleeping with parents or siblings or with pillows, blankets or stuffed animals. Unfortunately, some parents and caregivers find out too late.
“It takes a network - parents, grandparents and other caregivers – to help prevent a tragedy and keep Michigan babies healthy and safe,” said Nick Lyon, MDHHS director. “We strongly encourage everyone to know and follow the safe sleep guidelines for all sleep times.”
To prevent this kind of tragedy from happening to your family, follow the below guidelines to protect babies during nightly sleep and naps:
Visit www.michigan.gov/safesleep for more information.
Safe Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know: http://bit.ly/2j7zjMI
Click here to read the official proclamation: http://bit.ly/2j5sSK5