Category Archives: SIDS

Safe Sleep Tips for Infant Mortality Month

Each September marks National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. At KID, we take this opportunity to spread awareness about common hazards that contribute to the infant mortality in the U.S. The CDC defines infant mortality as the death of an infant before the age of one. As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, the infant mortality rate in the U.S. still varies based on racial and geographic differences. One of the leading causes of infant mortality ... Read more
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Illinois Bumper Pad Ban Moves to Senate: Your Help Needed

On April 22, 2015 HB 3761 (McAsey) passed the Illinois House. This bill bans the sale of crib bumper pads in Illinois (already banned in Chicago). An amazing coalition of organizations came together to make this possible. Virtually every health and safety group in the state supported the bill. You can read a list of supporters and more about the bill here.This life-saving bill now moves on to the Illinois Senate where it is sponsored by Senator Julie ... Read more
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Lessons learned: Cribs for Kids conference

By KID ED Nancy CowlesEvery two years, the organization Cribs for Kids gathers the nation’s experts on safe sleep along with all of us who attempt to improve infant sleeping environments in Pittsburgh for a three day conference.  It is a great opportunity to learn and share programs and approaches that are working to keep children safe. The mission of Cribs for Kids is to prevent infant deaths by educating parents and caregivers on the importance ... Read more
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Bill to prevent infant deaths progresses, take action now

Researchers and advocates looking for information on how to reduce Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID) as well as SIDS and stillbirths may soon have new tools for data collection, reporting and support services.  The full House recently passed H.R. 669, the Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act.Specifically the bill will:Expand current data collection activities to additional states to identify the causes of stillbirth and ... Read more
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Babies in Boxes? Finland’s method for combating infant mortality

Cribs are possibly the most important investment a parent can make in their child’s safety. Cribs are the only product that a parent is meant to leave their child in alone and unsupervised. In America, there is a huge market for visually appealing cribs. Search “crib bedding” on Pinterest and you will find a multitude of pillows, blankets, cushions, and other products to line a crib with. However, there have been 48 deaths related to bumper ... Read more
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Illinois Senate to address crib bumper pad ban

This week a statewide ban on crib bumper pads will head to the Illinois Senate floor. HB 5348, the Illinois crib bumper pad ban, would ban the sale of crib bumpers. The effective date is January 2016, giving manufacturers and retailers plenty of time to comply.Still manufacturers are dragging their feet. The Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JMPA) argues that current ASTM standards are enough to protect children from the hazards associated ... Read more
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How to help: what to say after the loss of a child

KID was founded by parents who lost their sixteen month old son when he was strangled in the top rails of a dangerous portable crib.  Danny’s parents channeled their grief into social action that has contributed greatly to the safety of all children.  But that doesn’t lessen the grief.  Through the years, KID has worked with many other brave families whose children have died in unsafe products.  We are all sometimes at a loss of what to say ... Read more
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Support the Illinois Crib Bumper Pad Ban

Update: HR 5348(McAsey-Pihos) passed the Illinois House Consumer Protection Committee on 3/25 by a vote of 9-5.  Illinois residents can call their House of Representatives member and urge support.  Representative McAsey proposed a bill, HB5348, to ban bumper pads in Illinois earlier this winter. As many of you know, crib bumper pads provide no protection from serious injury in the crib and they have been linked to dozens of infant deaths.If this ... Read more
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