For additional information please visit: www.ctoec.org/safe-sleep
On February 2, The Connecticut Departments of Children and Families, Public Health, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Office of Early Childhood, and the Office of the Child Advocate, along with CHA, Day Kimball Hospital, Yale New Haven Health System, and Casey Family Programs, launched a statewide campaign promoting safe sleep environments for infants.
Led by Joette Katz, Commissioner, Department of Children and Families, the campaign is intended to keep Connecticut babies safe by reducing the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome.
Information and materials regarding best practices for safe sleep are being distributed to physicians, hospitals, and other caregivers for sharing with new parents. They key recommendations, which include making sure babies sleep on their backs, in a separate bed from the parents, and are kept away from smokers, are based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Pursuant to Public Act 15.39, hospitals are required to provide parents of newborn infants with these recommendations at the time of an infant’s discharge from the hospital.