Unique Coalition Launches Campaign To Encourage Safe Infant Sleep

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Safe Infant Sleep

A unique coalition of organizations is beginning a statewide campaign to raise awareness about the risks to infants when someone falls asleep with them.

It is estimated that about 20 infants die each year in Minnesota from this type of unsafe sleeping condition. Because the practice of adults sleeping with an infant in bed or on a sofa is so common, many may be at risk.

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"The death of any infant is tragic, but it's especially tragic when it is entirely preventable," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dianne Mandernach "The goal of this campaign is to help parents understand that it is dangerous to fall asleep with an infant."

The coalition sponsoring the campaign includes the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minnesota Coroners' and Medical Examiners' Association and Twin Cities Healthy Start.

The campaign consists of two key components:

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