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Mobile, Ala. (April 27, 2009)
Contact: Bob Lowry, (251) 415-1358

USA CHILDREN’S & WOMEN’S HOSPITAL AND KOHL’S DEPARTMENT STORES REMIND YOU TO “KISS” YOUR BABY!

 
Kohl’s general manager Patrick Poeschl and assistant store manager Leslie Westbrook present a support check to Carol Druckenmiller

Kohl’s general manager Patrick Poeschl and assistant store manager Leslie Westbrook present a support check to Carol Druckenmiller, assistant administrator at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, during a news conference at the Kohl’s store in Mobile.
 

MOBILE – USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, which delivers more babies than any hospital in Mobile, is again teaming up with Kohl’s Department Stores to educate parents and caregivers on safe sleeping habits for infants. 

    
The program, now in its second year, is called KISS (for Kohl’s Infant Safe Sleep). Thanks to a $32,519 grant from Kohl’s, health care professionals from USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital are making KISS visits throughout the area to encourage and educate parents and caregivers on the best methods for safe-sleeping infants.
    

“The infant death rate for the Mobile area is increasing,” Renee Rogers, acting nurse manager of the hospital’s Mother/Bay unit, said. “We are hoping to reverse that by expanding the KISS program with this additional support from Kohl’s.” Kohl’s more than tripled their support from last year’s grant to the hospital.

    
‘We really appreciate Kohl's giving us the opportunity to share information about the importance of positioning and the sleep environment for infants,” Rogers said. “Together, we’re committed to decreasing the rate of sudden infant death syndrome in the Mobile area.”
    
Rogers and her team will be sharing some key points about infant sleep habits, such as always placing your baby on his or her back to sleep, even for naps. Other important reminders are:
    
• Place your baby on a firm mattress, such as in a safety approved crib
• Remove soft, fluffy bedding and stuffed toys from your baby’s sleep area
• Make sure your baby’s head and face remain uncovered during sleep
• Do not allow smoking around your baby
• Do not let your baby get too warm during sleep
• Talk to childcare providers, grandparents, babysitters and all caregivers about SIDS risks
• Do not allow your baby to share a bed with anyone – place your baby in a separate, safe, sleep area next to your bed
• Have the infant sleep in the same room as the caregiver
• Consider offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime
• Encourage “tummy time” when the infant is awake and observed by a caregiver
     
“We are targeting many age groups in our community with educational programs in childcares, churches, schools and any organizations who care for infants 1 year old or younger,” Rogers said. “The KISS program is a great opportunity to use the resources offered by the nurses of USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital and the support provided by Kohl's to deliver a community awareness campaign of infant safe sleep practices.”
       
Several nurses and trained KISS representatives will pass out information, show a video and answer questions at each community educational event. For more information or to schedule a KISS visit, please call 415-1486 or
e-mail rrogers@usouthal.edu.
 
 
 
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