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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Program

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NEW Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2022 Recommendations for Reducing Infant Deaths in the Sleep Environment

NEW Evidence Base for 2022 Updated Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment to Reduce the Risk of Sleep-Related Infant Deaths

Childcare Providers

The risk of SIDS increases when an infant is in childcare and daycare settings. Childcare professionals who care for newborns and infants play a critical role in the effort to reduce SIDS. 

If you are a childcare professional:

  • Become familiar with Current Updated Recommendations for Safe Infant Sleeping Environment from the AAP found below.
  • Visit our Family/Caregivers web page for graphics, brochures, and videos about SIDS risk reduction and safe sleep practices.
  • For more information, please review the information provided below for healthcare providers and the California Department of Social Services Safe Sleep in Child Care, or contact your licensing body for more information. 

Health Care Providers

Health and Safety Code 1254.6 letter to hospitals and licensed mid-wives from CDPH 10/2020

Resources to support talking to families:

  • This document is for public health staff and local stakeholders who work with families to inform and support parents and caregivers about infant safe sleep practices and to respond to the needs expressed by local stakeholders for family-centered and culturally sensitive risk reduction information.
  • In the webinar below, Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, founder of the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center, leads a series of role playing exercises where she demonstrates tactics to engage families from different backgrounds in meaningful conversations about safe sleep. 
  • This article by Thomas G. Keens, MD and Penny F. Stastny, BSN, RN, PHN discusses the medical mystery of SIDS, current safe infant sleep recommendations, and the impact of a SIDS death on the family including grief and guilt.
  • This video was developed by Dominique Teaford, DNP (c), RN, PHN, PMHC-C as an informative guide for healthcare providers in Santa Cruz County: