Mississippi State Department of Health

Safe Sleep Environments


Sleep-related deaths (SIDS and SUID) are the third-leading cause of death for Mississippi infants. Fortunately, parents and caregivers can take steps to reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths. The Mississippi State Department of Health offers counseling, referral and training on prevention of sleep-related deaths and helping those affected by SIDS and SUID.


Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) is the death of a infant less than one year of age that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly and whose cause of death is not immediately obvious prior to investigation.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden death of an infant less than one year of age that remains unexplained after complete investigation, which includes an autopsy, examination of the death scene and review of the symptoms or illness the baby had before dying.

Mississippi SUID/SIDS Facts

How You Can Reduce the Risk of SUID/SIDS

A safe sleep environment is free of pillows, blankets and other objects in the crib.

You can lower your baby's risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death by taking the following steps. Make sure that others caring for the infant (child care providers, relatives, friends, and babysitters) also follow these recommendations.

Special Steps Women Can Take

Guidelines for Child Care Facilities

Child care facility such as daycares and after-school care also have important roles to play in preventing sleep-related deaths. This document provides recommendations and tools for child care facilities.

The SIDS Outreach Program

The MSDH SIDS Outreach Program offers the following support services for families, professionals and the community:

Helping Those Who Have Lost a Child to SIDS

The death of an infant is a traumatic event that affects the entire family for the rest of their lives.

The impact of a SIDS death affects parents, siblings, grandparents, the extended family, babysitters, friends and many others. Be aware and sensitive to the feelings and needs of these people — allow them to talk about the baby, what happened, their feelings and concerns.

Support services and accurate information can help those affected by the loss of a child to SIDS. Contact your a county health department near you to obtain support services for families affected by a SIDS death.

SUID/SIDS Resources



SIDS Outreach Program
Mississippi State Department of Health
570 East Woodrow Wilson
Osborne Building, Suite 200
Jackson, MS 39216

Phone: 601-576-7619

Links referenced
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Safe Sleep: SIDS deaths, how they are handled, and safe sleep environments    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-tC5AGzLjk
Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Tips to reduce the risk of sleep-related death    https://www.youtube.com/embed/29sLucYtvpA
Safe Sleep Environments: Information for Grandparents and Caregivers    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cXwlpSJL08
Safe Sleep Guidelines for Child Care Providers    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,0,183,692,html
Information for Parents and Caregivers    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,202,92,html
Facts for Childcare Workers    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,202,92,html
Information for Medical Examiners/Coroners    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,202,92,html
Safe to Sleep Interactive Room    https://safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov/modules/custom/sts_interactive_room/html/index.html
Video: Safe Sleep for Infants    https://www.cdc.gov/grand-rounds/pp/2018/20181023-sudden-infant-death.html
Video: Safe Sleep Environments: For Grandparents and Caregivers    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cXwlpSJL08
Continuing Education for Nurses: SIDS Risk Reduction    http://www.nichd.nih.gov/sids/pages/sidsnursesce.aspx
First Candle/SIDS Alliance    https://firstcandle.org/
Healthy Child Care America    http://www.healthychildcare.org
March of Dimes    http://www.marchofdimes.com/
Mississippi SIDS Alliance    http://ms-sids.org/
National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition    https://www.hmhbpbc.org
CDC Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome    http://www.cdc.gov/sids/
Safe to Sleep Campaign    http://www.nichd.nih.gov/sts/
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Crib Information Center    http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/cribs/

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