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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Program

For More Information Call Family Health Programs: Toll Free (888) 598-0728

"There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart" - Mahatma Gandhi

The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Program, in accordance with the State of California Health and Safety Code, Chapter 268, Statutes of 1991, ensures coordination, mandated follow-up and reconciliation of all reported county SIDS cases with Public Health Nursing.

Public Health Nurses in Santa Cruz County provide bereavement support, information, resources, and follow-up services to assist families and caregivers who have experienced the loss of an infant from SIDS or Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID).

"Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden death of an infant under age 1 that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation has been conducted, including a complete autopsy, an examination of the death scene, and a review of the clinical history. Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) is the sudden and unexpected death of an infant in which the manner and cause of death are not immediately obvious prior to investigation." 
- National SUID/SIDS Resource Center  


Facts About SIDS/SUIDS

  • Each year, there are about 3,600 sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) in the United States.
    • This translates to 10 deaths per day or one death every 2-3 hours.
  • SIDS is the leading cause of death among babies between 1 month and 1 year of age.
  • Most SIDS deaths happen babies between 1 month and 4 months of age, and the majority (90%) of SIDS deaths happen before a baby reaches 6 months of age. However, SIDS deaths can happen anytime during a babey’s first year.
  • Ways to Reduce the Risk of SIDS and Other Sleep-related Causes of Infant Death


SUID deaths include: 

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Other deaths from unknown cause
  • Accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed. 

Public Health Nurses in Santa Cruz County provide bereavement support, information, referrals, resources, and follow-up services to assist families and caregivers who have experienced the loss of a baby from SIDS or SUID.