Safe Home, Safe Baby: Simple ABCs that can save an infant's life

A health expert talks about safe sleeping for a baby Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Kern Medical in Bakersfield, Calif (KBAK/KBFX photo)

In 2015, there were about 3,700 sudden unexpected infant death cases in the United States. That alarming statistic from the Center for Disease Control propelled local health experts to educate the public about baby sleep safety.

Health experts say something as routine as putting your baby to sleep can be deadly if done wrong. SUID is the leading cause of death among babies under a year old, and most SUID deaths occur in unsafe sleeping environments.

On Tuesday afternoon, leaders from Kern Medical launched a countywide education program called Safe Home, Safe Baby.

Experts introduced a simple way to keep infants safe. They call it the ABCs of safe sleep.

“A” stands for alone

  • Babies should sleep alone, not with mom, another caregiver or other children.
  • Nothing should be in the crib with the baby -- no pillows, bumper pads, blankets, stuffed animals or other soft objects, including toys.

“B” stands for back

  • Babies should be placed on their backs for sleep, not the tummy or side.

“C” stands for crib

  • Use a safety-approved crib, bassinet or play yard. Use a firm mattress and a fitted sheet.

Also, health leaders advise parents to not use blankets, because they can smother or choke the baby. Instead, they recommend using a “onesie” or sleep sack.

Experts will be holding a free baby safety class at the Kern Medical, Room 1058, at 6 p.m. April 26. It is free and open to the public.

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