Brainstem abnormalities found in “SIDS” infants…

Brainstem abnormalities found in “SIDS” infants, in all kinds of sleep environments

CONTACT:Andrea Duggan
Boston Children’s Hospital

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BOSTON, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Investigators at Boston Children’s Hospital report that many infants dying suddenly and unexpectedly, in all kinds of sleep environments, have underlying brainstem abnormalities and are not all normal prior to death.

The researchers also point to the need to detect and treat this underlying vulnerability early, the focus of their current work. They report their findings in the December issue of Pediatrics.

The investigators, led by Hannah Kinney, MD, a neuropathologist at Boston Children’s, have shown over the past two decades that infants who die suddenly, unexpectedly and without explanation—whose deaths are generally attributed to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)—have differences in brainstem chemistry that set them apart from infants dying of other causes.

These abnormalities impair brainstem circuits that help control breathing, heart rate, blood pressure and temperature control during sleep, and, the researchers believe, prevent sleeping babies from rousing when they rebreathe too much carbon dioxide (due to inadequate ventilation), breathe too little oxygen or become overheated (from overbundling).

At the same time, epidemiologic studies have shown that infants dying suddenly and unexpectedly are often found sleeping face down with their face in the pillow, or sleeping next to an adult in the bed—environments that have the potential to lead to smothering and death by asphyxia.

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Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital Receives Cribs for Kids® Grant

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital recently received a grant from Cribs for Kids® National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative to assist families who could not otherwise afford safe sleeping environments for their infants.

The grant will provide safe sleep education to parents and caregivers and Graco Pack ‘n Plays and crib sheets.

Carilion’s children’s facility is one of 40 community organizations across the country to receive funds from the Joseph A. Hardy Sr. Mini-Grant Program, sponsored by 84 Lumber Co.

Suffocation and strangulation in unsafe sleep environments is a top killer of infants, according to research.

Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital offers a safe sleep program for income-eligible participants where they are taught the American Academy of Pediatrics safe sleep recommendations. Upon completion, participants receive a free portable pack-n-play crib.

Cribs for Kids®  works to reduce the risk of injury and death of infants caused by unsafe sleep environments. More than 400 Cribs for Kids®  partners throughout the country provide educational materials regarding safe sleeping for infants as well as other safety tips to protect babies from sleep-related deaths. For more information, visit

The grant is named in honor of Joseph A. Hardy Sr., who founded of 84 Lumber Co. in 1956. The company owns and operates more than 250 stores, component plants, door shops, installation centers and engineered wood product shops in 30 states.

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Michigan DCH – LaTonya King PSA

Michigan Dept. of Community Health released their new PSA on June 28, 2013, featuring LaTonya King – 11 time national champion boxer from Detroit.

“Your baby should not have to fight to get a good night’s sleep. Learn the rules of safe sleep

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SD State Medical Alliance joins First Lady in infant mortality effort

June 23, 2013 

The South Dakota State Medical Association Alliance (SDSMA Alliance) has raised $16,000 for Cribs for Kids, a program promoted by First Lady Linda Daugaard to help reduce infant mortality.

“In order to reduce infant mortality, it is crucial to promote safe sleep practices,” said Daugaard. “I am humbled that this much money was raised and that the fight against infant mortality has become a statewide effort.”

The money raised is enough to purchase 200 safe sleep kits from Cribs for Kids.

Each kit includes a crib, a sheet with a safe sleep message, a pacifier, a sleep sack and an educational brochure on safe-sleep practices. The SDSMA Alliance is working with the state Department of Health to distribute the cribs to those living in the alliance’s 12 districts.

The statewide SDSMA Alliance first became involved with Cribs for Kids in November of 2012 when the First Lady spoke to the Sioux Falls chapter about infant mortality and measures for prevention. Following the presentation, the alliance partnered with the First Lady and pledged to raise money for Cribs for Kids.

“The South Dakota State Medical Association Alliance recognizes the concern for the high rate of infant mortality in the State of South Dakota and was honored to be asked by First Lady Linda Daugaard to work with Cribs for Kids project this year,” said Grace Wellman, a member of the alliance. “Through our fundraising and awareness efforts, the SDSMA Alliance can help make an impact on reducing infant mortality in South Dakota.”

According to Wellman, the group recently received a national award recognizing their contribution to Cribs for Kids. The alliance was chosen out of 28 state entries to receive the AMA Alliance Health Awareness Promotion Award in Chicago on June 16.

After she became aware of the high infant mortality rate in South Dakota, Daugaard chaired the Governor’s Task Force on Infant Mortality. The task force was established in 2011 and offered its recommendations to the Governor in 2012. Early this year the task force reported significant improvements in areas such as prenatal care and safe sleep practices.

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WQED features Cribs for Kids

April 25, 2013

On this episode of Pittsburgh 360, they bring you the third in their “Healthy Baby, Healthy Start” series with a look at how to keep baby safe while they sleep. After that, they take you onto the soccer pitch with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and then introduce you to an inventor who is bringing the next wave in technology to your skin.


Kimberly-Clark Pulls Huggies Promotion

Written by Larry Avila
Post-Crescent Media

Sometimes even the best thought-out promotions may convey the wrong message.

Dallas-based consumer products giant Kimberly-Clark Corp. recently pulled an image from its Huggies diapers website, which also was used in email coupon promotions for its Huggies OverNites line. The picture showed an infant laying asleep on top of an adult, which alarmed some parents and organizations, including Pittsburgh-based Cribs for Kids, which works to educate parents about the safest places for babies to sleep and reduce infant deaths caused by accidental suffocation.

Cribs for Kids estimates that more than 4,500 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly around the country annually.

“Many of these are accidental deaths related to suffocation, entrapment or strangulation while sleeping on a surface not designed for infant sleep, such as adult beds, couches and chairs,” said Judy Kimmitt Rainey, a representative for Cribs for Kids. “Many of these deaths are preventable.”

She said her organization periodically sends outs email alerts when images like those seen in the Huggies OverNites promotion hit the media.

“We make use of our strength in numbers to apply pressure to these companies,” Rainey said.

Bob Brand, a spokesman for K-C, said the image in question was “carefully vetted” before it was used in a commercial campaign, adding the company, a major Fox Cities employer, supports the promotion of safe sleeping techniques for babies.

Brand said the company believed the image depicted a safe sleeping situation.

“The father is awake and is on a couch,” he said. “The armrest was shown to indicate it is a couch, not a bed. The father’s eyes do not appear to be fully open because he is looking down at his baby.”

Brand said the picture’s intent was to show “an intimate moment between a father and his child.”

Brand said the company recognizes how the image may have been misinterpreted.

“Given that it is possible for someone to take aware the impression that the father in the picture is sleeping, as well as the baby, which we agree would be an unsafe sleeping situation, we understand that this could convey the unintended message that Huggies is endorsing co-sleeping or a potentially unsafe sleeping arrangement.”

Brand said the image was used in national promotional emails for about six months. It also appeared on the Huggies website during that time and still may appear on some packaging that will be shipped out this week.

The image no longer will appear anywhere, Brand said.

He said the company received 29 complaints or concerns through Thursday about the image since it began appearing and moved as quickly as possible to deal with them.

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Kolcraft Agrees to $400,000 Civil Penalty

Kolcraft Agrees to $400,000 Civil Penalty, Significant Internal Compliance Improvements for Failure to Report Defective Play Yards

Release Number: 13-136

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Kolcraft Enterprises Inc., of Chicago, has agreed to pay a civil penalty in the amount of $400,000.

The penalty agreement has been accepted provisionally by the Commission in a 2-1 vote. Commissioner Nord voted to provisionally accept the agreement as originally drafted. Chairman Tenenbaum and Commissioner Adler voted to provisionally accept the agreement with amendments which were included in the final agreement.

In addition to paying a monetary penalty, Kolcraft agrees to implement robust changes to its internal control and compliance systems. Specifically, Kolcraft agrees to:

  • maintain and enforce a system of internal controls and procedures to ensure that the company promptly and accurately reports required information about its products to CPSC;
  • give CPSC staff written documentation of its improvements, processes, and controls related to its reporting procedures upon request;
  • and establish an effective program to ensure it remains in compliance with safety statutes and regulations enforced by CPSC.

Kolcraft agrees that, at a minimum, its compliance program must provide its employees with written standards and policies, compliance training, and the means to report compliance-related concerns confidentially.

The settlement resolves CPSC staff allegations that the firm knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, a defect involving Kolcraft Travelin’ Tot play yards and play yards manufactured by Kolcraft for Carter’s, Sesame Street, Jeep, Contours, Care Bare, and Eric Carle. The play yards were sold nationwide from January 2000 through January 2009 for between $50 and $160. The side rail of the play yards can fail to latch properly and can unlatch unexpectedly when a child pushes against it, posing a fall hazard to children.

In August 2005, failure analysis experts hired by the firm identified the potential for false latching. In 2006, the firm made prospective improvements to the warning labels, instruction sheets, and the side-rail latch to eliminate false latching in future production of the play yards.

From about January 2000 through July 2009, Kolcraft received about 350 reports of the play yard collapsing, resulting in 21 injuries to young children, including bumps, scrapes, bruises, and one concussion.

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Bothell Police partner with Cribs for Kids Program

DECEMBER 26, 2012 · 4:20 PM

 The Bothell Police Department is partnering with the Cribs for Kids program to provide free, portable cribs to parents who have babies sleeping in an environment that could lead to a Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID).

Nine of 10 infants who die of SUID do so because of an unsafe sleep environment.

The cribs are free and come from the Cribs for Kids National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative. They will be provided to families in need who have an infant sleeping in a situation that could lead to a death.

The Bothell Police Department was invited to participate in a Cribs for Kids grant. The department was awarded cribs purchased by grant funds, to be distributed to citizens in need. The grant was facilitated by Deborah Robinson, the founder of the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigations (SUIDI) organization. SUIDI is a national organization focusing on the investigation of child death and injury prevention. Robinson lost a child to SUID several years ago.

When Bothell police officers come across an infant who is sleeping in an unsafe environment such as a couch, regular bed, or with a family member, they will notify Bothell Police Juvenile Detective Dione

Thompson. Thompson will contact the family and offer assistance, which will include providing the crib, setting it up, and counseling the family about safe sleeping for infants. Education to help prevent sleep-related deaths due to unsafe sleeping environments is available at

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Safe Kids Upstate a Model for International Organization



Greenville Journal

Network’s president visits to learn about local programs

In a state where the child injury and death rate continues to be higher than the national average, Safe Kids Upstate has been working for nearly two decades to reduce accidental injury to children.

On its 15th anniversary, the organization reduced the injury rate in its three-county service area by 25 percent, said manager Cynthia Fryer. It’s this progress that has caught the attention of Safe Kids Worldwide.

Safe Kids Worldwide’s president and CEO Kate Carr recently visited the Upstate to speak at the Safe Kids Upstate annual luncheon, but also to learn about the local affiliate’s model programs.

“The South Carolina Upstate coalition is one of our best in the country,” said Carr. She added that she is particularly interested in learning about local programs that are “functioning exceptionally well.”

One of those is the Upstate’s Cribs for Kids and safe sleep program, which offers portable cribs to families to encourage safe sleeping for infants. The Safe Kids Upstate program has distributed more than 1,100 portable cribs to help prevent suffocation deaths in infants younger than 1 year, Fryer said.

“Death from suffocation is the number one cause of children under the age of 1 dying of preventable injuries,” said Carr. “The program here is already recognized as a best practice. We want to take what we’ve learned here and use it in the expansion of our national program.”
Safe Kids Upstate serves Greenville, Pickens and Oconee counties and works to prevent accidental childhood injury through Cribs for Kids, fire safety, school and pedestrian safety, bicycle safety education and helmet distribution, along with proper vehicle restraint. Safe Kids Spartanburg also offers similar programs, including the Cribs for Kids.

One simple and innovative program is the life jacket loan system that was established in March 2012 at Lake Keowee, Fryer said. Boaters can borrow life jackets in varying sizes from a board at three different locations. There are also plans to expand the program to Lake Hartwell, she said.

Carr said she’s also very interested in the Upstate’s safe school program where “kids are mentored and become the safety experts within their schools. I think it’s tremendous.”

She said she considers the program “a model of something we could expand around the United States.”
“The thing about the work that we do, there’s a problem and there’s usually a solution. We just have to make the connection for people that they won’t have this problem if they use this solution,” Carr said.

“The issue in injury prevention is educating parents, children, families and caregivers about things you can do to make sure that your child can grow up to do the things that a child is meant to do … and have fun.”  Injury prevention also makes fiscal sense because healthcare visits, therapy and time lost at work can be avoided, she said.

Fryer said her organization is proud of its accomplishments, including no child deaths related to improper vehicle restraint in the last three years. About Carr’s interest, she said, “It’s nice that someone on that level recognizes the work that you do.”

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