Local health department focuses on lower infant mortality rates

By WEEK Producer

Local health department focuses on lower infant mortality rates

February 15, 2013 Updated Feb 15, 2013 at 11:23 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Reducing the risks of infant mortality during the first year of life was the topic Friday at a seminar put on by the Tazewell County Health Department.

The event was held at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria.

Due to the deaths of six infants within a six-month period, health officials wanted to get medical personnel and parents together to help educate them on the proper ways to help promote a healthier baby.

One prominent message was how to put your baby to sleep.

"Babies should be slept on their backs and not until they get to the age where they can turn over onto their tummies is it safe to have them on their tummies. The problem is when babies get face down on bedding is there a danger of suffocation," said Dr. Bradley Thach.

The conference was made possible through a March of Dimes community grant.

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