COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Three to four babies a week are dying in Georgia due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or other sleep related causes, according to health and government officials.
Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan uses a doll during his investigations when a baby or infant dies. SIDS is claiming the lives of more than a hundred babies each year in Georgia alone.
"A lot of parents don't think its going to happen to them until they know someone that it's happened to and that wakes them up," said Jennifer Hayes with the Healthy Families Georgia program.
While the actual cause of death cannot be nailed down, experts link SIDS to sleep time. Meanwhile, other sleep related deaths are gaining the attention of state and local officials.
"The two where we have 'none' and the one 'undetermined' were probably Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Syndrome," said Bryan, making possibly three cases since the start of 2016 in Columbus.
"We see that the parents are extremely remorse, a lot of crying, self blame," Bryan said.
Officials with the Healthy Families Georgia Organization meet with about 200 new parents each year to educate them on precautions they can take with their newborn.
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