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(ATLANTA – GA) October is ‘SIDS’ Awareness Month for parents across the country and “Safe Sleep Month” in Georgia. To help reduce the number of newborn fatalities from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, DJJ Commissioner L. Gale Buckner is pleased to announce the Department of Juvenile Justice is partnering with the Georgia Children’s Cabinet on a statewide public health awareness and prevention project called the “Safe Sleep Campaign”.

DJJ’s Commissioner Buckner is working with Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal to help educate new parents and caregivers on how to avoid the dangers of infant choking and suffocation during sleep. Georgia’s “Safe Sleep” campaign message is designed to caution the public to learn the facts before putting their babies to bed. The “Safe Sleep” campaign is all about how to prevent infant deaths from sleep-related causes including entrapment, asphyxia and suffocation.
DJJ has kicked-off this awareness campaign by launching a ‘Safe Sleep’ webpage with lifesaving information and ‘Safe Sleep’ tips on how to avoid the dangers of this silent killer. Each year, nearly one thousand newborns die due to choking or suffocation nationwide. At http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/safesleep/ visitors will find the new DJJ ‘Safe Sleep’ webpage.
“At the Department of Juvenile Justice, we had the honor of designing an official poster for the state’s ‘Safe Sleep’ campaign,” said Commissioner Buckner. “The DJJ poster advises Georgia parents to always place babies on their backs when putting them to sleep,” the Commissioner said. “And it addresses another danger to newborns: It is OK to sleep in the same room with your baby, but not in the same bed. Don’t put your child at risk.”
To prepare for SIDS’ Awareness Month in October, the Department of Juvenile Justice is now offering a printable color version of the poster for download from the DJJ ‘Safe Sleep’ website along with a full-color tri-fold brochure listing the top ten recommendations for avoiding the risk factors of SIDS.
Here is an easy reminder experts offer new parents “to remember their ABC’s for safe infant sleep..”
Alone – Do not share a bed.
Back – Place infants to sleep on their backs, not their stomachs or sides.. And
Crib – Use a safety approved sleep place such as a crib or bassinette.
Studies show babies are more likely to wake up during danger situations if sleeping on their backs. Those studies have shown that babies are less likely to choke during the night if they are able to spit up when sleeping on their backs.
Commissioner Buckner already has launched a state agency ‘Safe Sleep’ outreach by instructing Directors at each of DJJ’s 28 juvenile detention facilities to place the informational posters in visiting rooms and high traffic areas where parents and caregivers will see them during appointments and family visits. Posters also are displayed at DJJ’s Central Office in Decatur and in the lobbies and restrooms of ninety-two Court Services Offices around the state.
Commissioner Buckner, First Lady Sandra Deal and the Georgia Children’s Cabinet all encourage Georgians to be mindful of the safety measures that can decrease the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. At the Department of Juvenile Justice, Commissioner L. Gale Buckner joins Georgia’s First Lady in her preventative measures to protect children, our most precious asset and help make every night a night of ‘Safe Sleep’.
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