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.

SUID/SIDS Resources



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

Phone: 601-576-7619

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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 ok
Mississippi infant mortality reports    http://msdh.ms.gov/page/31,0,299,359.html ok
Facts for Childcare Workers    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,202,92,html ok
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/
March of Dimes    http://www.marchofdimes.com/
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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