Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Who We Are
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Program helps families or caregivers cope with SIDS/SUID (Sudden Unexplained Infant Death) related deaths, educates on the importance of safe sleep environments, and engages in family-centered conversations to reduce the risk of all sleep-related deaths. These services are provided by a Public Health Nurse (PHN) with specialized training.
If you have questions or need more information about the SIDS program, call (209) 558-7400
What We Do
The PHN educates families on SIDS risk reduction and safe sleep to people who interact with infants. PHN can also provide:
- in-home, community, or telephone support for families who have experienced an infant death from sleep-related causes.
- grief and bereavement support to parents and caregivers who suffer a SIDS/SUID loss and referral to specialized resources for the families.
- education and outreach to community partners and individuals interacting with infants, parents, and caregivers. The education focuses on SIDS risk reduction and safe sleep.
All of these services are offered free of charge.
Resources for safe sleeping
- SIDS: Me and My Family — The California Department of Public Health's webpage for SIDS and a link to "Safe Sleep Environments for Infants."
- About SIDS and Safe Infant Sleep — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Safe to Sleep campaign website with detailed information and facts about SIDS and safe sleep.
- Safe to Sleep Campaign Materials — The Safe to Sleep campaign has information about safe infant sleep that you can print out and share. There are messages for different ethnic groups and relationships, including grandparents.
- How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe: AAP Policy Explained — The American Academy of Pediatrics' HealthyChildren.org webpage has recommendations for safe sleep.