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What is SIDS?

We are working hard to obtain the most up to date information about SIDS death rates, not only locally, but nationally and internationally. As we receive new data, we will update this page. Please check back frequently.

The international SIDS statistics are available for download in both PDF (Adobe Acrobat) and RTF (Rich Text Format - which will open in almost any word processing program.)

Click on the files below to view them OR right click and select "Save as" to download

PDF Format
(this file requires Acrobat Reader)

RTF Format

Following these guidelines may help reduce the risk of SIDS:

  • Place your baby on the back to sleep at night and naptime
  • Use a firm mattress in a safety-approved crib
  • Eliminate fluffy, loose bedding from your baby's sleep area
  • Keep your baby's face clear of coverings
  • Be careful not to overheat your baby
  • Breastfeed if possible
  • Don't allow anyone to smoke around your baby
  • Consider offering your baby a pacifier at naptime and bed time for the first year (but not for the first month for breastfed babies)
  • Do not allow your baby to sleep in an adult bed
  • Consider using a fan in the baby’s room for air circulation
  • Tell anyone that may keep your baby about This Side UP
Hayes Hitzeman Foundation Supporting Research and Awareness of SIDS