Infant deaths in Lynchburg have doubled in 2020 compared to 2019

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — In Lynchburg on Tuesday, health care providers, public safety officials, and community groups emphasized the importance of safe sleep for infants.

Officials at Virginia Baptist Hospital said that so far this year, they’ve seen twice as many infant deaths compared to all of 2019 and emphasized the fact that the year is not yet over.

They would not give us specific numbers but said that it was an alarming statistic, and they wanted to reach out to parents to help inform them of the best way to keep their children safe.

“This is not meant to be shameful,” said Shannon Miles, a Nurse Manager at Virginia Baptist. “This was not meant to make anyone feel guilty. We want to say that we are here for you as your community. We want to support you. We want to give you the resources. We want to educate you, whatever that takes, so that this doesn’t happen to you.”

The group laid out several safety tips for putting infants to bed.

Those tips include not smoking around infants, using a firm sleep surface with a fitted sheet but no blankets or pillows, always have babies sleep alone and in a crib, and not overheating infants.

Dress them in light sleep clothing and keep the room between 68 and 72 degrees.

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