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Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
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Muncy, PA 17756
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Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
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Everett, Experts Raise Awareness of Infant Safe Sleep Issues
11/25/2014
HARRISBURG – At a Capitol press conference Tuesday, Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) was joined by medical professionals from the northeast and southcentral parts of the Commonwealth calling for developing an action plan on infant safe sleep issues.

“It was an honor to have professionals from the front lines of medicine speak about ways to counteract this problem, and to enlist help from many sectors of the community to help educate residents on the proper ways to promote a safe sleeping environment for infants,” said Everett. “For the past four years, I have brought before the House resolutions calling attention to the issue of infant fatalities that occur from improper sleeping conditions. The House has
unanimously supported this and joins in this effort.”

The conference was based on Everett’s House Resolution 1081 designating November as Infant Safe Sleep Month in Pennsylvania.

Presenters at the press conference included Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Carrie DeLone; Dr. Michael Goodstein, clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Penn State University and director of the York County Cribs for Kids program; Dr. Michael Consuelos, with the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania; and Lycoming County Coroner Charles Kiessling.

Information and demonstrations on how to provide a safe sleeping environment were made and the group is working to further prevent further instances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

According to Pennsylvania Child Death Review Annual Report 2014 (data for deaths in 2011):
• 81 babies died from sleep-related conditions.
• Two-thirds of the babies who died were not sleeping in a crib.
• 58 percent were sharing a bed.

Additionally, the disparity between races is shown in the fact that the SIDS rate in 2009-11 is 2.8 percent higher in African-American infants as opposed to Caucasian infants. The overall infant mortality rate did show a decrease from 7.3 percent in 2011 to 6.5 percent in 2012. The African-American mortality rate decreased from 16.4 percent in 2006-08 to 14.9 percent in 2009-11.

An American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force report recommends infants be placed on their backs for sleep, and that the safest environment for sleep consists of babies sleeping alone in an empty crib with a tightly fitted sheet and sufficient sleepwear.

The group also recommended the National Institute of Child and Human Development’s website which has more information for parents, grandparents, relatives and day care providers to help better provide safe conditions for infants. The site is located at www.nichd.nih.gov/Pages/index.aspx.

Representative Garth D. Everett
84th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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