October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month

Some parents bring a newborn into their bed with them because they are unable to afford a crib, causing a potentially life-threatening scenario.

October 2015 is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. Annually, nearly 3,500 infants fall victim to Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome being the leading cause of death for children 1 to 12 months. SIDS is the sudden fatality of an infant less than one year of age that cannot be explained even after a thorough investigation and autopsy.

Another common SUID is Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB) and it is the leading cause of infant death due to injury. ASSB are infant fatalities resulting from suffocation or asphyxia and can be caused by various threats including soft bedding, the overlay of another person sharing the sleeping space, and wedging or entrapment between furniture or objects.

Charlie’s Kids Foundation gives us their list of 14 “DOs and DON’Ts for Safe Sleep” to help prevent this horrific tragedy:

Charlie’s Kids Foundation’s 14 “DOs and DON’Ts for Safe Sleep.”


In Collier County, approximately 500 families do not have a safe sleep environment for their baby.

The Archangel Fund for Collier County Charities of Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church has awarded a $10,000 grant to the NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition to purchase over 200 Pack ‘n Play sets for infants of families in need. A Pack ‘n Play is an economical solution to provide a safe sleep environment for a newborn or an infant.

The NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition will partner with the Florida Department of Health in Collier County, Physicians Regional Healthcare System, The Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida and Healthy Start of Southwest Florida to distribute these tremendous donations to Collier families in need.

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