Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 290-2-2-.19 - Infant-Sleeping Safety Requirements

Current through Rules and Regulations filed through April 4, 2022

In order to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), staff shall put an infant to sleep on the infant's back unless the center has been provided a physician's written statement authorizing another sleep position for that particular infant. The infant shall be placed for sleeping on a firm, tight-fitting mattress in a sturdy and safe crib. If the crib has side bars, the bars shall be no more than two and three-eighths inches (2 3/8") apart. Any crib used for sleeping shall have a tight-fitting bottom crib sheet with no pillows, quilts, comforters, bumper pads, sheepskins, stuffed toys, or other soft items in the crib. If a blanket is required for the comfort of the infant, the infant's feet shall be placed at the foot of the crib and the infant shall be covered with the blanket only to chest level with the blanket tucked firmly under the crib mattress. The infant's sleeping area shall be maintained within a temperature range of sixty-five (65) to eighty-five (85) degrees depending upon the season. When an infant can easily turn over onto his or her stomach, staff shall continue to put the infant to sleep initially on the infant's back but allow the infant to roll over onto his or her stomach as the infant prefers. Positioning devices that restrict an infant's movement in the crib shall not be used unless a physician's written statement authorizing its use is provided for that particular infant.

Notes

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 290-2-2-.19
O.C.G.A. Secs. 49-5-1et seq., 49-5-12, 50-13-4.
Original Rule entitled "Enforcement" adopted. F. Feb. 21, 1983; eff. Mar. 23, 1991, as specified by the Agency. Repealed: F. Jan. 18, 1991; eff. Mar. 1, 1991, as specified by the Agency. Amended: ER. 290-2-2-0.17-.19 entitled "Posting and Distribution of Notices of Revocation and Emergency Suspension Actions" adopted. F. Oct. 17, 2002; eff. Oct. 16, 2002, the date of adoption. Amended: Permanent Rule entitled "Infant-Sleeping Safety Requirements" adopted. F. Nov. 22, 2002; eff. Dec. 12, 2002.

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