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JPMA Applauds Illinois Passage of New Law on Safe Sleep Instruction and Education

Friday, June 26, 2015  

The Juvenile Products Manufactures Association and its member companies support the new legislation passed by both the Illinois House and Senate to improve instruction and education of child care workers on the best practices of safe sleep. The JPMA looks forward to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signing it into law.

When the legislation becomes law, hospitals will be required to provide parents detailed information and instructional materials for the prevention of SIDS. In addition, every three years mandated instruction on SIDS prevention is required for child care center employees who care for infants.

Having the proper education and information about what makes a safe sleep environment for infants and their positioning is one of the best ways to prevent SIDS. JPMA has a long history of providing parents and caregivers with the information they need to create the safest sleep environment for children and welcomes the passage of this law to extend the knowledge base of those who have first contact with infants and parents as well as those who provide child care.

Find more information about the best practices for safe sleep here.

HB 1407 has passed both houses and was sent to the Governor on June 17. The bill requires hospitals to provide information and instructional materials on SIDS, with risk reduction strategies included.

HB 4049 has passed both houses and was sent to the Governor for signature on June 18. The bill is an omnibus health and human services bill, but includes a section requiring persons licensed to work in Child Care Centers who care for newborns or infants to complete training every 3 years on SUID and SIDS prevention.

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