UAPB hosts Arkansas SIDS Outreach workshop

Bobbie Handcock | UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

SIDS photoPINE BLUFF, Ark. – Participants in an Arkansas Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Outreach workshop at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff recently learned the ABC’s of safe sleep for infants. During the “Safe by Design” session, students from UAPB and Southeast Arkansas College, and local child care providers also learned ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant deaths.

The UAPB Department of Human Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital teamed up to present the workshop which drew 43 attendees. It was led by Lessa Payne of the Injury Prevention Center at ACH.

“Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is defined as the sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted,” Payne explained. She offered the following information to help lower the risk of SIDS.

“Remember the ABC’s of safe sleep,” Payne said. “Alone, Back is best and Crib is uncluttered.”

A sleeping baby should be placed on his or her back in a safety-approved crib on a firm mattress, she said. Also make sure that the baby’s crib is clear of loose bedding, comforters, quilts, stuffed animals, bumper pads, wedges and pillows.

Payne also urged parents to keep babies in smoke-free environments, offer a pacifier at nap and night, breastfeed the baby and take the infant for immunizations.

All workshop participants received credit for attendance in the Traveling Arkansas Professional Pathways Registry and were invited to the upcoming Community Shower on April 19.

Dr. Janette Wheat, Interim Chair of the UAPB Department of Human Sciences, and Dr. Marilyn Bailey, UAPB Child Development Center Director, launched the workshop session.


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