Facts about SIDS
Grief Support for Infant Loss
Facts about SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
- In Oregon, about 40 babies die in their sleep every year.
- The most important thing you can do for your baby’s health is to quit smoking. For help, call the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-784-8669 or online at www.quitnow.net/oregon.
- Breastfeeding reduces your baby’s risk of SIDS.
Some parents choose to sleep with their baby. It can be unsafe to sleep with your baby if:
- Your baby is less than 12 weeks old.
- Your bed has pillows, quilts, or comforters.
- You share the bed with pets or other children.
- You or your partner:
- Has taken drugs, alcohol, or medications that make you sleepy
- Are very tired or suffer from extreme exhaustion.
To make sure your baby is as safe as possible:
- Always put your baby to sleep on his/her back.
- Make sure no one smokes around your baby.
- Breastfeed your baby.
- Put your baby to sleep in the room where you sleep.
- Remove soft fluffy bedding, pillows, stuffed toys and bumper pads from your baby’s sleep area.
- Instead of a soft blanket, try a snuggly sleep sack. Sew your own sleep sack with Baby Rudy's Safe and Easy Sleep Sack pattern and instructions.
- Avoid placing your baby to sleep on soft things like couches or upholstered chairs, waterbeds, beanbag chairs, quilts or comforters.
- Talk with grandparents and other caregivers about this safe sleep information.
- Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime. This helps to reduce the risk of SIDS. If you are breastfeeding, wait until breastfeeding is going well before offering a pacifier. This usually takes 3 to 4 weeks. It's OK if your baby doesn't want to use a pacifier. You can try offering again, but some babies don't like to use pacifiers. If your baby takes a pacifier and it falls out after he falls asleep, you don’t have to put it back in.
Please talk to you healthcare provider about any concerns you may have.
Safe Sleep Webinar | Webinar Handout
Safe Sleep Brochure | Spanish version
CD Summary issue dedicated to SIDS
Safe to Sleep
The Safe to Sleep campaign, formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign, aims to educate parents, caregivers, and health care providers about ways to reduce the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Safe to Sleep is an expansion of the original Back to Sleep campaign which started in 1994. Policy statements and educational materials are available at this website.
National SUID/SIDS Resource Center
The National SUID/SIDS Resource Center provides information services and technical assistance on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and related topics. Our goal is to promote understanding of SIDS and provide comfort to those affected by SIDS through information sharing.
Resources for Grief Support
The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families
The mission of The Dougy Center for Grieving Children is to provide loving support in a safe place where children, teens and their families grieving a death can share their experiences as they move through their healing process.
Brief Encounters is a nonprofit, nonsectarian group for parents whose babies have died before, during, or after birth. Brief Encounters provides meetings in the greater Portland, Oregon area and local phone support. At informal, mutually supportive meetings, bereaved parents and their families share their stories, discuss issues that arise around pregnancy and infant loss, and remember their children. Through talking or just listening, we learn what grief is and how, through understanding and caring, we heal.
BabyLoss Support Group (Eugene)
For those who have experienced pregnancy loss or the loss of an infant or toddler.
Download information (pdf)
First Candle is a national health organization that provides grief support services to help families through the difficult time after the loss of a baby. Grief counselors are available by phone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call toll free at 1-800-221-7437. Bilingual crisis counselors are also available at the same toll free number.
The Compassionate Friends is a national bereavement support organization for families who have suffered the death of a child. For information, call the National Office at 1-877-969-0010 or contact one of the local support groups in Oregon.