IU Health, Colts team up to fight SIDS


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Indianapolis Colts are joining IU Health to help protect central Indiana babies.

The sleep sack initiative announced Wednesday at Riley Hospital for Children aims to reduce the number of infant deaths. Nurses showed the proper way to use a sleep sack which, when used properly, ensure safe sleep and reduce sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, which is one of the top three causes of infant death.

The parents of all babies born at IU Health hospitals in Indiana will receive a sleep sack and instructions on how to use it.

The Colts are partners in the program.

"For me, being the mother of three young girls and being an aunt to three little boys, it's something that's really important and I'm blessed with having the resources to be educated and to have the things I need for my kids when they were babies," said Colts Vice Chairman/Owner Carlie Irsay-Gordon. "This is very near and dear to me and my sisters and my parents, as well, to be able to get people off to the right track with something their baby needs to keep them safe."

Caregivers are reminded of the ABCs of sleep safety for infants: "A) All by myself, B) On my back and C) In my crib.

Indiana has the 10th highest infant mortality rate.