Knox County Tennessee

Safe Sleep Saves Lives

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In 2013, 117 babies died in Tennessee due to an unsafe sleep environment, which continues to be the leading cause of preventable infant death. These deaths accounted for more than 1 in 5 infant deaths in the state.

Such deaths are preventable by following the ABCs of safe sleep. It’s important for parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and anyone who cares for an infant to understand these simple tips:

A is for Alone:  always put the baby to sleep alone;
B is for on the baby's back:  an infant should be placed to sleep on his or her back, not on his or her side or stomach;
C is for Crib:  always put a baby to sleep in a crib that is empty of other items such as pillows, toys, blankets and bumper pads.

Click here to see Tennessee’s Safe Sleep checklist.

Watch Sandy’s story. After the loss of her child, this mom made it her mission to educate parents and caregivers about safe sleep practices for babies.


Can’t afford a crib for your infant?

The East Tennessee Safe Sleep Initiative’s (ETSSI) Cribs for Kids may be able to help. ETSSI is a local coalition made up organizations including the Knox County Health Department, area hospitals and nonprofit organizations. Thanks to a grant from Variety of Eastern Tennessee, ETSSI is providing infant beds and educational information to families in need.

Call 865-215-5170 or email health@knoxcounty.org to see if you qualify for assistance.

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Knox County Tennessee - Health Department

Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-215-5000

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Please Note:

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.
On the third Wednesday of every month, KCHD clinics (Women's Health, COE, CDC, Dental, TIC, Immunizations, COVID clinic and West) are closed in the morning for staff clinical education. On these days, the main location will open at 10 a.m. and the West Clinic will open at 10:30 a.m.
*All other offices will open at 8 a.m.

Infant and childhood immunizations as well as adult vaccines by appointment ONLY. Please call 865-215-5950.

1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-215-5950

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

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