image1SPRINGFIELD- As a new parent, there’s a lot of new things to learn. There are many sleepless nights and countless hours of preparation. Under proposed legislation, hospitals will soon be able to send new parents home with a trusted tool to combat Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is sponsoring legislation to ensure that materials on SIDS prevention provided to parents include information from the American Academy of Pediatrics or a statewide or nationally recognized SIDS or medical association.

“I was a new parent not too long ago. There’s a lot to learn and be aware of. This legislation eases some of the burden by providing new parents with vital and reliable information on how they can help to protect their children from SIDS,” Senator Bennett said.

SIDS is a sudden and silent medical disorder that can happen to an infant who appears healthy. It is the leading cause of death among babies between 1 month and 1 year of age. In 2011, about one out of 2,300 infants born in the nation died of SIDS before their first birthdays.

The cause of SIDS is unknown, however educational campaigns helped raise awareness to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep related causes of infant death.

For more information on the “Safe Sleep” campaign, please visit  

HB 1407 passed the Senate’s Committee on Public Health with unanimous support and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

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