Sleeping Summit - DatelineCarolina

South Carolina Sleeping Summit is hosted because of sleep-related causes of death for children

Barbara Himes explains why the Children's Summit program is important to her. Barbara Himes explains why the Children's Summit program is important to her.

By: Destiny Chance

The Children's Trust says SIDS is the leading cause of death for infants under one year old.

Safe Sleep Summit 2014 was created to help prevent infant deaths by SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says the number of accidental infant deaths went up by more than 30 percent between 2011-2012.

At Children's Trust, presentations were held by professionals to inform others on safe sleep precautions. Those professionals also developed strategic alliances and partnerships by promoting safe sleep, by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The workshop allowed open ended discussions and also had tables for businesses to sell products that help with infant sleeping safety.

Heidi Aakejer, a Children's Trust representative says babies cannot control their neck movements. This means if they move their neck from side to side, by having them lay on their back it can prevent accidental suffocation.

There are simple steps of preventing SIDS and other sleep related deaths:

     1. Use a surface or mattress in a safety approved crib.

     2. Always keep your baby on his or her back to sleep.

     3. Do not use pillows, blankets, or loose bedding in your child's crib.

     4. Don't let your baby sleep with you.

A company that makes safe sleeping blankets for infants says if you wrap your babies in the blankets they make, there will be less danger that the blankets will come loose.

Barbara Himes lost her child 25 years ago to SIDS. She was at the Children's Trust program and says she hopes these meetings will inform people how to keep their children the safest possible, and how to prevent another trade to happen.

The Children's Trust of South Carolina Sleep Summit was the first meeting of it's kind in South Carolina.


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