What is SIDS?

African-American babies are twice as likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS occurs suddenly and unexpectedly to infants who appear perfectly healthy. Some people call SIDS “crib death,” but cribs do not cause SIDS. SIDS is the most common cause of death for babies from one month to one year of age.

Reduce Your Babies’ Risk for SIDS

  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.
  • Do not allow smoking around your baby and do not smoke during pregnancy.
  • Place your baby on a firm sleep surface.
  • Keep soft objects, toys and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area.
  • Keep the baby’s sleep area close to, but separate from where you and others sleep.
  • Think about using a clean, dry pacifier when placing your baby down to sleep. Don’t force your baby to take it. If your baby is breastfeeding, wait until your baby is one month old or used to breastfeeding before using a pacifier.
  • Do not let your baby become too hot during sleep.
  • Do not use products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS, such as wedges, because most have not been tested for effectiveness or safety.
  • Encourage “Tummy Time” while your baby is awake.

SIDS Services:

1. Community Education
2. Assistance to families and caregivers affected by SIDS

Fresno County Department of Public Health
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Program
West Fresno Regional Center
142 E. California
Fresno, CA 93706
(559) 600-1021

SIDS Family Support Group
Erica Alexander, SIDS Coordinator (559) 600-1021

California SIDS Program
Angel Babies

Saving Lives, One Baby at a Time

What is FIMR?

On average, 13 per 1,000 African American babies born will not celebrate their first birthday. This is more than twice the rate for white, non Hispanic babies.

FIMR stands for Fetal and Infant Mortality Review. Fresno County has one of the highest rates of infant and fetal deaths in California and is among 8 counties in California, established as a Black Infant Health FIMR county since 2004.

Program Goal: To improve the health and well-being of African-American women, infants, and families by improving community resources and service delivery systems, as well as raise awareness about this issue.

Factors That Contribute to Fetal and Infant Mortality Include:

Smoking, poor nutrition, sexually transmitted infections, late or no prenatal care, alcohol use, substance use, domestic violence, having babies too close together, stress and other socio-economic issues.

What is Fresno County Doing?

As part of the BIH FIMR Program, a Community Action Team is the advisory group that develops interventions for the health care system and community that will lead to the reduction of fetal and infant mortality. As you may realize, the causes are not only health related. If you would like to participate on the CAT, please contact the BIH FIMR Coordinator - Erica Alexander at (559) 600-1021.




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