FREDERICTON (GNB) – A response was issued today by Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell to the Feb. 15 recommendation from the Child Death Review Committee. The committee reviewed the unexpected death of a three-month old infant whose cause of death was likely asphyxia due to unsafe sleep situation.

“I would like to thank the members of the Child Death Review Committee for their recommendations and for the important work that they do in ensuring the health and safety of children in New Brunswick,” said Russell.

The following is the recommendation from the Child Death Review committee, along with the response:

Recommendation:

The Child Death Review Committee recommends that the Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health consider the possibility of launching a public awareness campaign (which may include television and/or radio advertisements) to educate the public on this subject, as it is apparent that the printed literature is not having the desired effect in preventing child deaths of this nature.

Response:

The Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health accepts this recommendation. Every child has a right to a safe and healthy environment. It is important for parents and care givers to be informed of the risks associated with unsafe sleep practices for infants, to have access to information and are supported in efforts to protect and prevent harm.

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Heath will create a public awareness campaign to address the risks associated with unsafe sleeping environments for infants.