Infant Safe Sleep Resources for Providers and Health Care Professionals
Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) is the death of an infant less than 1 year of age that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly, and whose cause of death is not immediately obvious before investigation.
Causes: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Unknown Cause, Accidental Suffocation, Strangulation & Asphyxiation.For more information on how health care professionals can talk to parents about Safe Sleep view these slides from VDH.
Graph from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Data Brief from Vermont Department of Health, April 2017
The 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations are grouped into three levels:
Parents and caregivers want to provide safety for their children. Health care professionals are their most trusted source of information. It is important for health care professionals to understand the research behind the guidelines and to consistently recommend them in order for parents and caregivers to adhere to the guidelines. Parents and caregivers who have attempted the guidelines often find they need help with adherence. They will come to professionals for help. Review these slides to learn more about the safe sleep research findings, and to prepare for conversations with parents and caregivers.
Resources for Professionals
- Sudden Unexpected Infant Deatth data brief
- Bright Futures
- Summary of JSI research findings
- Qualitative Research Report
- Slide decks
- Chittenden County Childrens Advocacy Center safe sleep video
- Bronheim, S. Building on Campaigns with Conversations: An individualized approach to helping families embrace safe sleep and breastfeeding. Washington, DC: National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health. 2017
- Centers for Disease Control. Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) website
- National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep: NAPPSS
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Bright Futures
- Prevent Child Abuse Vermont
For more information, or to implement a safe sleep crib audit in your clinical setting, call the Vermont Department of Health Infant Safe Sleep Program staff at 802-863-7333.