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SIDS warnings posted on Kootenai ambulances to raise awareness

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KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho -

"If we can teach patients and parents to take care of their kids when they are like this then we are going to prevent deaths,” Chris Way, Chief of KCEMSS, said.

A strong message plastered on the back of Kootenai County ambulances, ambulances that transport injured or deceased children and parents, can now bee seen at eye-level when behind the wheel.

“We tried to make it very simple, we tried to make it poignant, we tried to make it noticeable,” Way said, “and if nothing else we tried to make it so that we can get the word out and bring awareness to this."

The A-B-C’s of making sure your baby stays safe are quick and to the point.

Alone, on their Back, and in a Crib, but Sudden Infant Death Syndrome can happen to any newborn.

“We've had members of our fire departments affected by SIDS,” Way said.

Nationally, 88 out of 100,000 babies born in the U.S. die from SIDS.

Way says Idaho and Kootenai County’s rates are above the national average.

In Kootenai County, 112 out of 100,000 babies die from SIDS.

In Idaho, it’s 99 out of 100,000.

But with this simple message, they hope to turn the tide.

“We know not everything is preventable but if we can lower that number and get it down then we made a huge stride in the right direction,” Chief Way said.

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