SIDS decreasing in Mississippi

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 10/28/2013 9:27 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)-- There's a new report from the Mississippi Department of Health that shows fewer babies are dying as a result of Sudden Infant Death, or SIDS.

Still, SIDS is the third leading cause of death in Mississippi.

In Tupelo, just outside of the Lee County Health Deparment, a mother of three children says the health department has been a big influence on her keeping a watchful eye on her youngsters as they sleep.

"I keep her in her crib lying on her back, and I keep an eye on her," said Nicosha Ivy of Tupelo

"They talk about it in the health department. They have like poster boards and stuff like that so," she continued.

In 2012, according to the Mississippi Health Department, 21 babies died from infant death syndrome in Mississippi. That's down from 43 deaths in 2011.

The reason, according to one state health official, is that parents are now doing more of the basic things to prevent sudden infant death.

"Babies need to be put to sleep on their back, in a crib alone, in a smoke-free enviornment," said Dr. Mary Currier a state health officer.

She adds that young infants should not sleep in the bed with parents or siblings, nor should there be any items in the child's crib which might have a possibility of preventing the child from breathing.

"Tiny babies can't move away when the sheet's in front of their nose, and they can't move away when adults roll close to them," Currier continued.

She says that moms should not smoke nor have their babies around smoke, a contributing factor to sudden infant death as well.

The doctor adds that the state health department has made a concerted effort the past few years to get the word out.

But, it's hard to know if the increased amount of information alone has made the big difference.

But at least in Nicosha's case it has.

"Of course, I have three. Ha, Ha, Ha," she laughed as she held her three-month old daughter.

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