Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) – Anne Arundel County, Maryland

The following Alert was sent to Healthcare Providers in Anne Arundel County from Anne Arundel County Health Department. Please read and heed!
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health would like to alert ​health care providers ​about a recent increase in infant deaths due to accidental suffocation. Since January 2016, there have been four Anne Arundel County infant deaths identified as probable suffocation.  All were related to unsafe sleeping practices, including infants sharing a bed and sleeping under piles of blankets.

During the 2015 calendar year, the county had two cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS); there were three SIDS cases in 2014.  In those years, the deaths were also ​related​ to accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed.

​Please inform ​parents, ​grandparents, babysitters​ and caregivers of the following:
– While room sharing has benefits, bed sharing can be deadly. Never let your baby sleep or nap with you or other people on a bed, sofa, chair or other place, even for brief periods.
– Sleeping on the back is the safest for a baby.  Tummy or side sleeping can be dangerous.
– Don’t put fluffy, loose bedding, soft toys or plastic bags in the baby’s crib.  Use a firm mattress covered by a well-fitting crib sheet.  Don’t let your baby get too hot.  Try a one-piece sleeper or a sleep sack to prevent overheating.

​Remind them of​ the ABCs of safe sleeping.  Children under the age of 1 should sleep Alone on their Backs in a safe Crib.

​For more information, read A Letter to Pediatricians and Obstetricians About SIDS.

Anne Arundel County ​patients and child care providers​ can visit www.aahealthybabies.org or call 410-222-7223 ​ for helpful infant care materials. ​

Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS) Training

Registration is now open for a Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS) training being conducted specifically for Medical Reserve Corps members in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.

The class will be held on March 31, 2016 at the Prince George’s County Fire Service Building at 6820 Webster Street in Landover Hills, from 8:00am until 5:00pm. Lunch will be provided.

Please see the attached flyer for details and registration information. Since registration is by invitation only, you will need to obtain an enrollment code in order to register online. Instructions regarding how to get this code are on the flyer. Landover Hills 31.03.16 Flyer – fin

Register soon, as space is limited. Please let Ms. Molineaux know if you have any questions.

ceecee.molineaux@maryland.gov