BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
Kern Cares will host a general meeting for a presentation on the relationship between unsafe sleep and infant death by Kern County Public Health Department.
This meeting is intended to address the importance of preventing and reducing the number of infant deaths due to unsafe sleep environments.
Kern County ranks 7th statewide in infant mortality rate with the top three causes being prematurity, congenital anomalies, and unexpected infant deaths that occur during sleep.
Since 2006, an average of 10 Kern County infants have died annually in their sleep with most linked to an unsafe sleep environment.
During the month of October, Kern Cares is inviting the community to be a Kern Cares Infant Safe Sleep Partner and commit to helping parents know the importance of safe sleep practices in protecting their babies from SIDS, suffocation and accidents during sleep.
The event will be held at the Larry E. Reider Education Center at 2000 K Street on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.