Michigan's first lady aims to reduce infant deaths
Updated: Tuesday, March 26 2013, 08:58 AM EDT
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's First Lady is backing efforts to prevent infant deaths that result from unsafe sleeping practices.
Sue Snyder announced her support for the Safe Sleep Initiative Monday at Beaumont Children's Hospital in Royal Oak.
Michigan's Human Services and Community Health departments are launching programs and releasing an educational video to teach residents how to prevent infant deaths from unsafe sleep environments.
Human Services officials say about 150 infants die in Michigan every year from unsafe sleeping practices that include placing children on their stomachs. Infants should sleep on their backs with their faces uncovered and without pillows, toys or stuffed animals.
They also should sleep alone and not with other children or adults to prevent suffocation.