Saving Infant Lives Through SIDS Education, Sleep Safety

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Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) is launching a crib matching initiative to improve Georgia's infant mortality rate and to support healthy birth outcomes. The Crib Matching program will help reduce incidents of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by providing qualified families with safe sleep education and resources for children. SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby under the age of one. It is the leading cause of death among infants between the ages of a month and one year old. More than 500 infants in Georgia died from SIDS between 2002 and 2005.

"We are partnering with the community and other organizations to increase awareness about infant safety during sleep time with the Crib Matching program," said Dr. Stuart Brown, Director of the Division of Public Health. "We want to provide a separate and safe sleep environment for infants by distributing cribs to families who need them the most."

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