Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - References

Appendix A

Additional facts about SIDS:

  • Occurs in the United States at a rate of .54 per 1,000 live births (National Center for Health Statistics 2009).
  • Rates of SIDS are twice as high among African American and American Indian/Alaska Native infants when compared to rates for non-Hispanic White infants.
  • Occurs more often in males than in females.
  • Most infants have no sign of serious illness before the SIDS death. SIDS deaths are unexpected, sudden, and have no clear explanation after careful investigation. Parents are not to blame.

Appendix B

Where can I find resources on SIDS?

Find free materials for parents, other caregivers, health care providers, and educators.

Where can I get more information on SIDS?

Shasta County SIDS Coordinator: for information about SIDS, local grief and loss resources, or to request a SIDS training for your group or organization, contact Terrie Davis, RNCP, BSN, Public Health Nurse, Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health, at (530) 225-5129 or email at

Technical Writings:

For technical literature, see the American Academy of Pediatrics website.

Presentation Resources:

SIDS Awareness Training resources. Find support materials, tools, and other resources including a course outline and a Powerpoint presentation produced by the California SIDS Program, California Department of Health Services, Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Branch, 2005.

SIDS Risk Reduction Curriculum for Nurses. Produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.


California SIDS Program

National Institutes of Health SIDS page

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention SIDS page

Where can I get more information on grief and loss support?

First Candle SIDS Alliance

California SIDS Program