Infant Safe Sleep for Health Professionals

Infant Safe Sleep for Health Professionals

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.

SUID Rates

Graph from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Data Brief from Vermont Department of Health, April 2017

SUID Deaths
2016 American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations for Safe Sleep

The 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations are grouped into three levels:

A: Recommendations are based on high-quality scientific evidence indicating high certainty of substantial net benefit, and unlikey to change with future study.
B: Recommendations are based on evidence available to determine effects of recommendations, but there is limited confidence in the estimates.
C: Recommendations based on consensus and expert opinion.

AAP Safe Sleep Guidelines

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

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.

Vermont Safe Sleep Campaign Materials

Safe Sleep Campaign Video

Safe Sleep - Clean Crib Video

Safe Sleep - Couch Video


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