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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Dakota County's 'Sleep On It' campaign urges use of safe sleeping practices for infants

In just more than a year, three babies in licensed Dakota County child care homes have died. Two of the deaths were a result of unsafe sleeping positions, and an investigation into the third death is ongoing. Sleep On It, a combined effort of the Dakota County Attorney's Office and Dakota County Community Services Division, is reminding home day care providers to comply with Minnesota law when they lay infants down for naps by asking them one simple question.
 
"Would you want to live with this?"
The death of an infant is devastating in itself, but when a home day care provider loses a child in their care because of unsafe sleep practices they can expect a lot more devastation to come their way. Such a death will lead to child protection investigations, criminal investigations, license revocation, possible criminal prosecution and potential civil lawsuits. A day care provider's life will change forever—and not for the better.
 
Dakota County's goal is to end unsafe sleep practices through education and outreach to home day care providers, parents and the community. As a result, instructional online videos, engaging posters and valuable training sessions have all been developed as a reminder to lay infants face up. Their lives depend on it.
 
To access available resources, visit www.dakotacounty.us and search providing child care.

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