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Safe Sleep

Citrus County Health Department

Safe sleep banner showing infant on its back. Do you know the ABCs of safe sleep? Alone Back Crib

One of the biggest risk factors for Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUIDS), formerly known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), is for a baby to sleep in a place where there are pillows, blankets, or any other soft bedding material that they could roll into or under. Babies can easily suffocate in soft bedding if they roll into or under it while they sleep. Another major risk factor for SUID is for a baby to be put to sleep in a bed with adults where it would be easy for a sleeping adult to accidentally roll over onto them in their sleep. To prevent this, babies should always be put to sleep on their backs, alone in a crib or bassinet with no blankets or other bedding material.

Safe sleep resources, equipment and breastfeeding support are provided at no cost to Citrus County families with infants as well as pregnant women who need assistance with creating a safe sleep environment. Resources include safe sleep goodie bags with onesies, books, sleep sacks and diapers, as well as information about local resources. Additionally, Citrus families with infants under six weeks may also qualify for a no-cost pack-n-play or other safe sleep equipment options.

If you are interested in receiving these resources at no cost, please complete the videos and Safe Sleep Quiz below.

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Safe Sleep Quiz