Report: Big decrease in infant deaths in St. Joseph County

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St. Joseph County has seen a “significant decrease” in sudden unexpected infant deaths.

The County Health Department reports that 10 infants died suddenly and unexpectedly in the county in 2017 due to unsafe sleeping conditions.

In 2018, that number has decreased to one.

Kelli Brien with Community Wellness Partners in South Bend told 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57 that her organization has been working with the health department to promote the ‘Stay Close, Sleep Apart’ initiative.

The initiative states that babies should sleep in your room; alone in their own safe space; and on their back without blankets, pillows, or toys, ABC 57 reported.

Watch the original report from ABC 57.

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