Every year, approximately 3,600 babies die in the U.S. suddenly and unexpectedly in infancy. This is termed Sudden Unexpected Infant Death or SUID and is the number one cause of death for babies from 1 month to 1 year of age. Many of these deaths are due to babies being placed in unsafe sleep environments. These tragic losses could have been prevented by caregivers following the ABCs of safe sleep – babies sleeping ALONE, on their BACKS and in an empty CRIB.
To get safe sleep education and other free resources to residents in the community, Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County’s EveryOne Reach One Maternal & Infant Vitality Task Force is hosting a Safe Sleep Drive-Thru Event on Saturday, October 30 from 11am – 1pm at the Job Center - Montgomery County Job & Family Services, 1111 South Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton.
This is a drive-thru only event. Participants should enter at the North entrance of the Job Center parking lot. A bundle of balloons and a volunteer will indicate the correct entrance.
Attendees that register will receive a gift bag with t-shirt, infant onesie, and other goodies. Free pack n’ plays will be distributed as well as safe sleep education for qualifying pregnant moms and families with babies less than 1 year old. In addition, those with a recalled inclined infant sleeper can exchange it for a $25 Kroger gift card while supplies last. Only sleepers on this list will qualify for the exchange.
EveryOne Reach One Infant Maternal and Vitality Task Force Manager, Nan-c Moss Vann explains, “Sudden unexpected infant death disproportionately impacts people of color and low-income families. We want parents and caregivers to know there are simple steps they can take to protect and keep sleeping infants safe. We hope everyone will take advantage of this unique opportunity because we have so many great resources to give away, and the drive-thru format will allow folks to remain in their vehicles and come and go quickly and safely.”
All attendees must pre-register for this event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safe-sleep-drive-thru-tickets-180980055217