Nursing Program Leads Local SIDS Awareness Campaign

baby.jpgSudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) claims the lives of approximately 200 infants in California each year, and as many as four infants annually in Sonoma County alone. In light of these unfortunate statistics, the Nursing Program at Sonoma State University is teaming up with local business and the Sonoma County Department of Health Services to educate our communities of ways to reduce the risk of SIDS.

SIDS, as its name implies, is the sudden and unexplained death of a seemingly well infant while sleeping. Research, however, indicates that parents can help to reduce the risk of SIDS by laying babies on their backs, in their own beds, and without blankets or soft bedding.

A 1994 national awareness campaign called "Back to Sleep" has led to dramatically decreased incidences of SIDS across the country, yet in California, the number of SIDS cases has begun to rise in recent years.

In a localized effort to reeducate parents and caregivers about preventative SIDS measures, regional businesses, hospitals and clinics are displaying posters and vinyl floor decals with safe sleeping recommendations in both English and Spanish.

A grant from the CJ Foundation for SIDS, as well as the work of graduate students in the SSU Nursing Program, has made this safe sleep campaign possible. Nearly 30 local organizations have been acknowledged by The Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program and the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, for their support of this campaign.

For more information, visit the Sonoma County Department of Health Services webpage about SIDS at

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