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SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

Facts on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome/ Sudden Unexpected Infant Death

SIDS is the sudden, unexpected death of an apparently healthy baby under one year of age. There is no known way to prevent all sudden infant deaths, but there are lifesaving steps parents and caregivers can take to help protect their baby from SIDS and SUID, including suffocation and accidents during sleep.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

First Candle/SIDS Alliance

Grief Resources for SIDS Families

If you or someone you know has experienced the death of a baby, First Candle is only a phone call away at 1-800-221-7437. They will help connect you to grief information and support online, or through community support groups.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

First Candle/SIDS Alliance

Infant Sleep Positioners Pose Suffocation Risk

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are warning against the use of sleep positioning products for infants under 6 months old. These positioners place infants at high risk of suffocation.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Reducing the Risk of SIDS

These are steps that parents and parents-to-be can take to reduce the risk of SIDS.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

American SIDS Institute

Safe Sleep for Your Baby- (PDF)

Babies sleep safest on their backs. This PDF lists ways that you and others who care for your baby can reduce the risk of SIDS.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development - NICHD

Safe Sleep Saves Lives- (PDF)

This downloadable, English/Spanish brochure highlights safe sleep practices for parents and their infants.

Review Date: July 20, 2012

First Candle/SIDS Alliance

Soft Bedding May Be Hazardous To Babies- (PDF)

To prevent infant deaths due to soft bedding, follow these recommendations when putting infants under 12 months down to sleep.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission