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September 20, 2010 - Buckle Up Montana urges parents and caregivers to get their child safety seats inspected

Helena, MT – Buckle Up Montana (BUMT) is urging parents and caregivers to make sure their child safety seats are properly installed during “National Child Passenger Safety Week,” - more ...

April 8, 2010 - Text for Baby and so much more

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies – The Montana Coalition may be known as the nonprofit organization with the longest name, but what they really want you to know is that we have accomplished many things in our 25 years - more ... June 2011

Prevention of SIDS In most cases of sudden infant death syndrome, the baby has no risk factors and the death could not have been prevented. SIDS usually does not occur as a result of anything that a parent did wrong or didn't. Although SIDS cannot always be prevented, there are a number of precautions parents and caregivers can take to help reduce the risk. Most of these precautions are easy to implement.

Always put a baby to sleep on his or her back. It is important to do this every time a baby sleeps—at bedtime and naptime. Babies who are sometimes placed on their stomachs have a higher risk than babies who are always placed on their backs. In fact, studies have shown that when babies are placed on their backs to sleep and then are placed on their stomachs the next sleep time, the risk for SIDS increases 7 to 8 times. Side sleeping is not recommended since a baby can roll over to his or her stomach.

Some infants develop flattening of the head (called positional plagiocephaly) from lying on their backs too much. To help reduce this misshaping, change the baby's position in the crib every week or so. For example, place the baby's head at the opposite end of the crib so that he or she is facing the other direction. Never place the baby on his or her side or stomach to sleep without supervision.

Doctors often recommend "tummy time" during which the infant is placed on his or her stomach while a responsible person is watching closely and the baby is wide awake. Tummy time also helps a baby develop muscles in the neck, shoulder, and back that will help with crawling and sitting up later on. Parents also are advised to hold the baby upright at different intervals during the day and to avoid placing the baby in car seats, bouncers, and carriers too often.

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October 8, 2009 - More motorists die on rural roads
USA Today

In Montana, the average response time for emergency medical rescue is about 80 minutes, compared with about 15 minutes in Massachusetts, says Jim Lynch, ...