Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About SIDS and Safe Infant Sleep

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Many parents have questions about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), and safe sleep for babies.

Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions or challenges related to safe sleep practices for your baby.

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Spread the word!

Make sure everyone who cares for your baby knows the ways to reduce the baby’s risk for sleep-related death. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions or challenges related to safe sleep practices for your baby. Help family members, siblings, grandparents, babysitters, day care workers—EVERYONE who cares for your baby—reduce your baby’s risk by sharing these safe sleep messages with them.

For more information, contact the Safe to Sleep® campaign:

Phone: 1-800-505-CRIB (2742) | Fax: 1-866-760 5947
Email: SafetoSleep@mail.nih.gov
Web: https://safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov
Telecommunications Relay Service: Dial 7-1-1

Safe to Sleep® is led by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Reproductive Health; Consumer Product Safety Commission; First Candle; and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau within the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Safe to Sleep® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

NIH Pub No 22-HD-7040 I October 2022


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