September, 2014: Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

WHEREAS, every 3 days in Michigan a baby dies, more than 130 babies every year, because of sleeping in an unsafe environment; and,

WHEREAS, babies can suffocate as a result of sleeping in an adult bed or on other dangerous sleep surfaces such as couches, arm chairs or pillows; and,

WHEREAS, these deaths are preventable; and,

WHEREAS, babies sleep safest when sleeping alone, on their back in a crib, bassinet or portable playard with a firm mattress and a tightly fitted sheet with no other items, such as toys, pillows or blankets, in the sleep area and when they are dressed appropriately so as not to overheat; and,

WHEREAS, breastfeeding and pacifier use are encouraged because they are associated with a lower incidence of sleep-related infant death; and,

WHEREAS, smoking is discouraged during pregnancy and after birth because it increases the risk of sleep-related infant death; and,

WHEREAS, parents, grandparents, relatives, child care providers, and anyone caring for an infant are encouraged to learn more about how to keep infants safe every time they sleep; and,

WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Departments of Community Health, Education and Human Services, and other local agencies, working collaboratively through the Michigan Infant Safe Sleep Advisory Committee, to raise awareness about the important steps parents, caregivers and health professionals can take to reduce infant deaths caused by unsafe sleep environments;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2014 as Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month in Michigan.