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Many Incidents of SUID Can be Prevented
The Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies be placed on their back to sleep
by Kathleen M. Dermady

Safe Sleep for Babies: 2 Pediatricians Explain How
Upstate’s HealthLink on Air

  • Putting babies in a safe sleep environment can reduce the risk of infant death. Two Upstate physicians who are part of Onondaga County’s Child Fatality Review Team discuss how to prevent the leading cause of death among infants in Onondaga County. Alicia Pekarsky, MD, is an associate professor of pediatrics, and Erin Hanley, MD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics and of emergency medicine. They explain how and why to place a baby to sleep on his or her back in a crib without blankets or stuffed animals. They note how to keep the baby warm enough, why twins shouldn't sleep together and what to do if a baby falls asleep on a parent’s chest while watching television in a recliner. They also share some safe ways for parents to bond with their babies.
  • Downloadable 15 minutes podcast (mp3)

Infant Deaths in Central New York Can Be Prevented
Health Department press release, October 8, 2020

More Infants Dying From Unsafe Sleep Conditions in Onondaga County
Spectrum Local News interviews Dr. Alicia Pekarsky, SUNY Upstate Medical University associate professor of Pediatrics, and Christine Larkin, Onondaga County Child Fatality Review Team coordinator.

Soft Bedding Related to Infant Deaths
Soft bedding responsible for majority of sleep-related infant deaths, study reveals (PDF)

Updated Recommendations for Safe Infant Sleeping Environment
SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment (PDF)

Onondaga County Child Fatality Review Team launches campaign to educate dads on safe sleep for babies
"During the last eight years, 40 infants—more than a kindergarten class—have died in Onondaga County due to an unsafe sleep environment.... To help spread and solidify the message locally that babies should sleep in their cribs alone, the Onondaga County Child Fatality Review Team...launched a new campaign this month to educate one part of the community that sometimes doesn’t get the attention it deserves: dads. ‘Safe Sleep Syracuse – Just for Men,’ (www.facebook.com/SafeSleepSYR) is a new local Facebook page that will offer advice, education and stories about safe sleep environments, geared toward men."
The Post-Standard
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Safe Sleep

Beyond Back to Sleep: Safe Sleep for a New Generation
Presented by the Onondaga County Child Fatality Review Team
January 25, 2012 Conference

The Onondaga County Child Fatality Review Team and the Medical Community partnered to present this conference on stopping preventable infant deaths. Presentations were by members of the Medical Examiner’s Office and a Certified Child Abuse Pediatrician.

Conference Materials
Download a copy of the presentations on our conference materials page.

The McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center
601 E. Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
Christine Larkin, Coordinator
Phone: 315-701-2985 x 212
Fax: 315-701-3040

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