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Filling the food banks

Local college students and the community had an opportunity to help replenish supplies and ease the need at area food banks. Greensboro College hosted the 11th annual Gate City Souper Bowl at the season’s football home opener versus Guilford College on Sept. 29 at Jamieson Stadium. The community enjoyed a great friendly rivalry along with helping the hungry in our community. The price of admission netted a total of 8,288 cans for local food pantries.

Donations have been distributed to both the Greensboro Urban Ministry and Food Assistance, Groceries on Wheels program. Jane Carlson, who works with the Groceries on Wheels program, says, “The food supply this year is very low from normal sources. This donation will help by giving us extra food to distribute.”

Cyndie Basinger

assistant to the president and director of communications, Greensboro College

Reduce risk of SIDS

October is national SIDS Awareness Month. The Guilford County Coalition on Infant Mortality would like to remind parents and caregivers of important information about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the sudden and unexplained death of a baby before its first birthday. SIDS can strike an infant without warning.

It is sometimes referred to as crib death or cot death. Below are some facts about SIDS provided by the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation:

l SIDS is the leading cause of death for infants between 1 month and 1 year of age, but most common in babies between 2 and 4 months of age.

l SIDS claims more male babies than female babies.

l SIDS occurs more often during the winter.

l Many babies who succumb to SIDS appear to be healthy before death.

l Although SIDS affects babies regardless of ethnicity, most are African American babies.

l SIDS is especially prominent among premature infants (less than 5½ pounds), and infants, twins and triplets with a very low birth weight (born weighing less than 3½ lbs.)

North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation offers these critical guidelines for parents, grandparents and caregivers to follow to help reduce the risk of SIDS:

l Never sleep with a baby.

l Always place the baby on its back to sleep.

l During playtime, place the baby on its stomach, and always monitor its activity.

l When placing the baby in its crib, remove all loose objects, clothing and coverings. Make sure there are no wedges and bumper pads. Use a firm mattress with tight-fitting sheets.

l When dressing the baby for sleep, put the baby in a sleeper.

l When the temperature is cooler, use a light blanket. Place the baby closer to the foot of the bed, not the head. Babies often move up during sleep. Tuck the light blanket under the baby’s arms and around the mattress. Keep the room temperature between 68 and 75 degrees.

l Make sure the baby is always in a smoke-free room.

l Whether sleeping or at play, the baby should never be placed on a water bed or couch where the baby could easily slip between the cushions.

l Pregnant women should never smoke and should avoid smoke-filled environments.

l Early and frequent prenatal visits are a must for the mom-to-be.

l Breast-feed baby, if possible, and for as long as possible.

Although there are no guarantees that following these guidelines will ensure a baby’s safety against SIDS, studies have shown that parents who follow these guidelines greatly reduce the risk of SIDS striking their baby.

For more information about SIDS or the Guilford County Coalition on Infant Mortality, call the Guilford County Department of Public Health at 641-7777.

Lynne C. Beck, R.H.Ed.

Guilford County Dept. of Public Health Send us an e-mail or call and leave a message on our recorder. We’ll print it in an upcoming issue.

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