Webinar: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Safe Infant Sleep

There are about 3,500 sleep-related deaths among babies in the United States each year. This is a significant drop since the early 1990s, when guidelines were issued encouraging parents to put babies to sleep on their backs. But there has been little improvement since the late 1990s, and a recent study showed that less than half of parents adhere to these safe-sleep guidelines.

This webinar covers the latest research on the causes of SIDS and explains what all parents should do to ensure their babies are sleeping as safely as possible.

Thomas G. Keens, MD, conducted this webinar February 13, 2018. Dr. Keens is Chair of the California SIDS Advisory Council, Professor of Pediatrics, Physiology and Biophysics at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, and a physician in the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

The webinar was presented to Welcome Baby staff and home visitors in Los Angeles County’s Family Strengthening Network, but the information in not specific to our program or region; home visitors and caregivers anywhere can benefit from his helpful presentation. Scroll down past the video for his webinar slides and links to related resources.

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Webinar Slides: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Safe Infant Sleep (pdf format)

Handouts and research material on safe sleep – compiled by Dr. Keens

Safe Infant Sleep – Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

NIH’s Safe to Sleep® Campaign Materials – English/Spanish factsheets and flyers for parents/caregivers, and for health care professionals

Factsheet: Safe Sleep for Babies: Eliminating Hazards – CDC

Infographic: 4 Tips for Parents and Caregivers to Help Baby Sleep Safely – CDC

Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment – American Academy of Pediatrics

How to Prevent SIDS and Encourage Safe Sleep – Zero to Three

New Infant Sleep Recommendations and Strategies – Zero to Three

Common Myths About Baby Sleep Challenges – Zero to Three

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