PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says about 4,000 babies die unexpectedly while sleeping each year. This number can be reduced by avoiding sleeping hazards.
Educators from Healthy Start of Bay, Franklin and Gulf Counties are working to inform local parents and caregivers about the guidelines for safe sleep.
Healthy Start's Kelly Byrns-Davis says she's passionate about getting the word out. She advises caregivers to avoid putting anything inside the baby's crib. Byrns-Davis says there's no need to put any type of stuffed animal, blanket or pillow in the crib. These can all pose suffocation dangers.
Parents should also make sure the baby sleeps on his or her back, and infants should never share a bed with an adult. It is recommended that babies sleep in the same room with an adult until at least the age of one, but they should always remain in their crib.