Safe Sleep For Your Baby
The Oklahoma State Department of Health is committed to reducing infant deaths in Oklahoma.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death in babies after one month of age to one year of age. One of the easiest ways to lower the risk of SIDS is to place babies on their backs to sleep, for naps and at night.
African American babies are more than two times as likely to die of SIDS as white babies. American Indian/Alaskan Native babies are nearly three times as likely to die of SIDS as white babies.
In addition to SIDS, did you know there are other ways that babies can die or get injured in their sleep space? Listed below are some ways that babies in Oklahoma have died after being put down to sleep in an unsafe space:
- Suffocating when another person fell asleep with the baby and laid on top of the baby
- Suffocating when blankets got on the baby’s face and the baby could not breathe
- Suffocating after getting stuck between the wall and the mattress on an adult bed
- Suffocating after getting stuck between two mattresses, couch pillows, or recliner cushions
- Suffocating on debris after falling off the bed onto pile of soft items
- Strangling on a mini-blind cord that was too long and too close to the crib
- Strangling between bars on a crib or adult bed that were too far apart
To reduce infant deaths from SIDS, suffocation, or strangulation, the Oklahoma State Department of Health encourages using safe sleep strategies for your baby.
October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. Spread the word about infant safe sleep! Get free resources and event ideas here.
National Safe to Sleep Campaign Materials
Video Offers Ways to Reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Sleep Like a Baby-Infant safe sleep video-English
Sleep Like a Baby-Infant safe sleep video-Spanish
Newly Revised AAP Guidelines
National education campaign on crib safety launched
Undetermined Manner Deaths among Infants Less than One Year of Age, Oklahoma, 2004-2007
Free educational toolkit now online!
Angela W. Dickson, LCSW, ACSW
Social Work Coordinator
Safe Sleep/SIDS Coordinator
Maternal and Child Health Service
State Department of Health
1000 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Ph: (405) 271-9444 ext. 56931
Fax: (405) 271-9202
e-mail: Angela Dickson