In Kern County, 11 infants die each year as a result of unsafe sleep environments.
These deaths are 100% preventable.
Currently, Kern County ranks 7th statewide in infant mortality rate with the top three causes being prematurity, congenital anomalies, and unexpected infant deaths that occur during sleep. The death of any infant is tragic, but it’s especially tragic when it is entirely preventable.
One of the most important things a baby needs is a safe place to sleep. A baby’s risk of dying from suffocation and accidents increases 40 times when sleeping in an adult bed with parents or anyone else, rather than an empty crib. Between 2009 and 2013, an average of 11 Kern County infants have died annually in their sleep with most linked to an unsafe sleep environment.
During the month of October, Kern Cares is inviting the community to be a Kern Cares Infant Safe Sleep Partner and commit to helping parents know the importance of safe sleep practices in protecting their babies from suffocation, accidents and SIDS during sleep.
The Kern County Network for Children (KCNC) also invites family advocates, parents and caregivers to learn more about the relationship between unsafe sleep and infant death, to pick up materials and to make a personal pledge to create safe sleeping environments for infants at KCNC General Collaborative Meeting on Thursday, October 15, 2015 starting at 8:30 AM at 2000 K Street in Bakersfield.Resources:
Listed below are some ideas on how to get involved in different awareness campaigns from Kern Cares even if you have a few minutes, a few hours or more time!