A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
and reported by newspapers nationwide, links a dramatic decline in reports
of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) to a simple precautionary action
taken by caretakers: placing babies to sleep on their backs, instead
of their stomachs.
to the report, the rate of SIDS death cases in the United States has
been cut in half over the past five years, thanks to the nationís
"Back to Sleep" campaign, in which parents were told to
put babies to sleep on their backs.
Department of Children and Family Services, which has supported the
prevention campaign through grants to the Prevent Child Abuse-Illinois
organization, encourages all Illinois parents and caretakers to protect
infants through this simple, but vitally important measure.
children is a driving force that led most child welfare workers to
enter this helping profession. And, like child abuse or neglect, protecting
children from SIDS is a safety issue we treat very seriously.
is why our Department this month sent "Back to Sleep" brochures
to all 33,000 foster families and 13,000 licensed day care providers
a child is among the 46,000 wards of the state, or the estimated 250,000
children served in licensed day care homes and centers, or among the
millions of Illinois children who are our stateís most precious
resource. Safety should be the paramount concern for all caretakers.
babies to sleep on their backs is one way we can demonstrate this
most critical concern.