Safe Sleep and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplained death of a seemingly healthy infant who is younger than one year. In the United States, SIDS is the major cause of death in infants from one month to one year of age. SIDS happens to families of all social, ethnic and economic groups. Although the rate of SIDS has notably decreased in recent years, other causes of sleep-related infant deaths including suffocation, asphyxia and entrapment have increased.
On this page you will find information and resources on what parents, caregivers and health professionals can do to promote safe sleep environments. We encourage you to explore the many national and local resources available, discover an array of risk reduction/safe sleep materials, and learn more about safe sleep.
Cribs for Kids: Provides safe sleep education and partners with other organizations to provide free cribs for families. Providers may view download, or order educational materials.
For more information on Safe Sleep efforts in Orange County, contact the Orange County MCAH Program at (714) 567-6234.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Program provides home visit follow-ups with assessment, information, counseling and referral to all families, child care providers and foster parents who experience a SIDS death. The program also provides data, consultation and training related to SIDS.
Orange County residents can contact Public Health Nursing at:
SIDS Coordinator 1725 W. 17th Street Santa Ana, CA, 92701 (714) 834-8208
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