How to prevent infant deaths due to unsafe sleep conditions


Connecticut social workers are working to prevent infant death.

The State Department of Children and Families set up a simulation lab training program on the Veteran’s Affairs campus in Rocky Hill on Monday. 

DCF says the goal of the role-playing exercises is to teach staff how to interact effectively with families in keeping children safe.

“We lose on average a classroom size of children every year just to safe sleeping issues,” said  Faith Vos Winkel, Assistant Child Advocate, The Office of the Child Advocate. 

Social workers demonstrated how they teach families to maintain safe sleep conditions for their baby.

They also say follow these ABC steps.

A. Always have your baby close to you while sleeping- never together
B. Babies are always on their backs to sleep
C. Clear babies sleep environment- nothing but them in the crib
D. Don’t overheat or overdress the  baby
E. Environment safe from smoke and other things that pose a risk
F. Find yourself a support sytem so you can also get rest

WEB EXTRA: Watch the video below for the full demonstration: 

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