October is Safe Sleep Month and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, a time to promote healthy sleeping habits for newborns and raise awareness about sleep-related risks to infants.
SIDS, the unexplained death of a seemingly healthy baby, usually during sleep, is one of the leading causes of death for infants less than a year old in Alaska. SIDS accounts for 11% of all infant deaths in the state (2016-2018 average), and while that number is slowly decreasing each year, more work is needed to reduce the risks of SIDS.
Safe to Sleep® Resources
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently created the Safe to Sleep® campaign to raise awareness of SIDS and safe sleep nationally.
Check out these updated resources for families and early childhood education programs:
- Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Other Sleep-Related Causes of Infant Death: This 12-page brochure explains ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death | En español
- What Does A Safe Sleep Environment Look Like?: Images showing a safe infant sleep environment | En español
- 2021 SIDS Awareness Month Toolkit: Features new safe sleep resources and messaging to help early education programs plan and share information through October, including weekly safe sleep themes, flyers and more. Click here to download.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About SIDS and Safe Infant Sleep (NIH)
- How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- 2019 SIDS and SUID Death Rate Data (CDC)