What do you think is the leading cause of fatal injuries to Florida children under the age of 5 years old?
If you guessed drowning, you’re wrong.
In 2011, 92 Florida children under the age of 5 died from suffocation. The vast majority of those suffocation deaths involved children under the age of 1 who were sleeping in an unsafe environment — either getting crushed by an adult or suffocating on a blanket, pillow or soft mattress.
When the Florida Department of Children & Families announced its Safe Sleep campaign in September, the agency reported that in the first nine months of 2013 alone there were 95 infant deaths related to unsafe sleep.
The risk of infant death is 40 times higher when the child is sleeping with an adult.
Click here for safety tips about safe sleeping courtesy of Safe Kids Worldwide.