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October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month

Each October, the US Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institute of Health (NIH) sponsors National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness month to help educate parents and caregivers about ways to reduce SIDS risk.

Sudden infant death takes the lives of more than 50 babies in Colorado each year, according to Colorado’s Infant Safe Sleep Partnership. One of the main causes is accidental suffocation from infant sleep in an unsafe environment, such as the couch or the parent's bed.

Please join the Office of Early Childhood in promoting safe sleep practices by sharing information with professionals, parents and informal caregivers to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.

While there is no guaranteed way to prevent SIDS, parents and caregivers can reduce the risk for SIDS by placing infants on their backs to sleep, creating a safe sleep environment and taking other actions.

US Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institute of Health (NIH)