DON'T LET YOUR BABY
SLEEP IN A CROWDED
IT TAKES SECONDS FOR A BABY TO SUFFOCATE.
EVERY WEEK, A BABY IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUFFOCATES WHILE SLEEPING.
SAFE SLEEP FOR BABY CAMPAIGN
LA County sees more sleep-related deaths than any other form of accidental child death. This is an alarming statistic, given that these deaths are often completely preventable. Accidental suffocation can happen in a matter of seconds and continues to be the greatest risk for children younger than 1 year.
The Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN) is nationally known for its multi-agency comprehensive review of child fatalities. Through this review in Los Angeles County, it has been determined that infant unsafe sleeping is the single leading cause of preventable child death in Los Angeles County. ICAN’s task force of safe sleep experts developed and launched the Los Angeles County Infant Safe Sleeping Campaign focused on identifying the families most in need of this message, created focus groups and public forums to present and test messages in multiple languages, and launched materials that instructed professionals and caregivers how to safely place a baby to sleep. Through this work, ICAN reports unprecedented decreases in the number and frequency of unsafe sleep related infant deaths.