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Safe Sleep Saves Lives

For Professionals: Straight Talk for Infant Safe Sleep In 2017, First Candle launched Straight Talk for Infant Safe Sleep to address the implicit bias that impacts how families learn about the safe sleep recommendations and can adopt them into their lives.  It is a train-the-trainer program for trusted community partners including nurses, OB/GYNs, doulas, social […]

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Pacifiers Promote Safe Sleep

By Jennifer Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer MAM North America, Maker of Pacifiers and Other Baby Products Pacifiers have long been used to soothe babies, and studies have shown that their use when putting a baby down to sleep can help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Offering a baby a pacifier at […]

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Creating Infant Safe Sleep Environment

Approximately 3,500 infants die annually in the United States from sleep-related deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related infant deaths. By following the Safe Sleep Guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics these deaths can be significantly reduced. AAP recommendations on creating a safe sleep environment include:   Back to sleep […]

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American Legion Awards Grant to Non-Profit First Candle

  Grant Supports Charity’s Mission of Saving Babies’ Lives  January 30, 2018 – New Canaan, CT – On Saturday Alison Jacobson, the Executive Director of First Candle, attended the Mid-Winter Conference of the American Legion’s Connecticut Chapter where she accepted the first half of a $16,000.00 Child Welfare Grant.  First Candle is the national non-profit […]

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CCAT Child Care Checklist

Child Care Checklist – Infant Safe Sleep As you look for child care outside your home, there are many things to consider.  This guide will help you assess two important aspects of child care, infant safe sleep and breastfeeding, as you decide who will care for your baby.  Please keep in mind, this has a […]

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Infant Deaths from Accidental Suffocation Can Be Prevented

Yesterday the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new report with the troubling finding that not only have declines in SIDS rates slowed but in some states they have actually increased.  What’s more, the report found that from 1999 through 2015, infant death rates from accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed surged 184 percent. The […]

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For Parents

We know that caring for your baby and keeping him or her safe is your top priority.  We also understand that sometimes financial hardships, housing issues and lack of resources don’t allow for creating a completely safe sleep environment for your baby.  We also realize that term “safe sleep” might be confusing. Below are the […]

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Education

In 2016 the American Academy of Pediatrics developed expanded Safe Sleep guidelines to reduce the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other sleep-related infant deaths.  They include the following: Infants should share a bedroom with parents, but not the same sleeping surface, preferably until the baby turns 1 but at least for the first […]

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We Need to Start Talking About SIDS

Last week a study came out with the disturbing finding that less than half of parents surveyed consistently and exclusively put their baby on his or her back to sleep. This unfortunately supports the concern of First Candle that a large percentage of parents either believe that “SIDS has been solved” or that the risk of SIDS compared to […]

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Baby Boxes – What Parents Must Know

Baby Boxes, free sturdy boxes with a firm mattress, a waterproof cover and a fitted sheet, are being provided to new parents in an effort to reduce infant mortality rates nationwide. These boxes are intended to serve as a safe sleep area when a traditional and recommended sleep area is not available to the parents.  As the […]

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Ways to Reduce Risk Factors

At this time there is no known way to prevent all sudden infant deaths, but there are lifesaving steps parents and caregivers can take to help protect their baby from SIDS and SUID, including suffocation and accidents during sleep. Babies should always be placed to sleep on their backs. Side and tummy sleep positions are not […]

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The Rate of SIDS drops…but there’s still work to do

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report announcing that infant mortality rates have dropped by 15% and the rate of SIDS by 29%.  That’s a huge success for those of us working in the field of infant health and survival. While this should be celebrated, there’s still a great deal of […]

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About SIDS/SUID

Facts on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) / Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)   Download Print-Friendly Version (PDF) SIDS is the sudden, unexpected death of an apparently healthy baby under one year of age that remains unexplained after the performance of a complete postmortem investigation, including an autopsy, examination of the scene of death and […]