(O’Fallon, IL) – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to host a Baby Safety 101 Class focused on safe sleep for infants on Tuesday, October 22 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the downtown Belleville Health Center campus. The class will take place in the 4th floor Education Room at 180 S. Third Street in Belleville. The class is free, but registration is required by calling 314-268-2700, ext. 1309 and leaving a name and phone number to confirm reservation.
A new baby can be wonderful and overwhelming at the same time. Life is busy, as we all know, and getting all the right information in one place can be reassuring to any new parent. In partnership with Kohl’s Cares, Safe Kids Worldwide and HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, the skilled professionals with the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Safety Program team offer this education and additional resources to parents and caregivers on several topics related to the care of baby, including safe sleep.
Lori Winkler, Injury Prevention Nurse Coordinator for Safe Kids St. Louis at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, said the two-hour baby safety class teaches caregivers the importance of safe sleep for infants. While the class is primarily for under-served populations, anybody can register for the class. The class is targeted toward prenatal mothers who are preparing for the arrival of their child as well as fathers, grandparents and infant guardians.
At the class, registered attendees will receive a bag of safety items, a folder with educational information about caring for your infant and a Pack ’n Play. The baby safety class also focuses on child passenger safety, poison prevention, home safety and gun safety.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are about 3,500 sleep-related deaths among US babies each year and locally, St. Elizabeth’s own Community Health Needs Assessment report identified infant mortality as a priority health need in this region. To further address this issue, the hospital implemented additional safe sleep education and practices for patients on the Women and Infants Center and was recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Bronze Safe Sleep Hospital.”
Per guidelines for sleep safety for infants, Winkler said babies should never sleep in a bed with an individual and they should sleep on their back for all sleep times – naps and at night. To learn more ways to help babies sleep safely, all are encouraged to attend the Baby Safety 101 class and visit https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/features/baby-safe-sleep/index.html for more tips.