New Anti-SIDS Campaign Targeting Black Parents
"This disparity is outrageous and unacceptable, especially since we know that we can do something about it," said Assistant U.S. Surgeon General Marilyn Hughes Gaston, MD.
The pediatrician laid some of the blame for these deaths on doctors. "Not only do they [doctors] have to know the information that's current ... but all of us have to be reminded that we need to talk about this with parents," said Gaston.
One black parent who got good advice is 24-year-old Nicky Smikle. She relied on her doctor for information about how to protect her 6-month-old daughter Joyia from SIDS. "I wasn't terrified. I knew that what I was doing was right, putting her on her back. No toys in the crib, no quilts," Smikle tells WebMD.
More information and safety tips about preventing SIDS can be found at www.cpsc.gov, the web site for the Consumer Product Safety Commission.