Safe Sleep - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Chapter 1

Safe Sleep -Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Goal: to understand, assess, and reduce risk of SIDS, including emergency response


Table of Contents

  1. Definition of SIDS
  2. Cause(s) of SIDS
  3. Risk Factors for SIDS
  4. Preventive Measures
  5. Dealing with a SIDS Death
  6. Pre-Schools and SIDS


Learning Outcomes

After completing this class, the student will be able to: 

  • define SIDS, listing 3 things that it is and 3 things that it is not
  • name two major categories of risk factors and three factors in each
  • list six things you can do to reduce the risk of SIDS
  • describe four guidelines for pre-schools
  • better understand the risk factors for SIDS
  • take knowledgeable steps to reduce the risk for SIDS
  • respond to an emergency involving a possible SIDS incident


NOTE: This course may reflect state-specific regulations. No information in this course supersedes any state regulations you need to follow. You must consult your state’s regulations when developing policies and procedures. Regulations for all states are accessible on the National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations. Click on the link provided to view regulations in your state.


NOTE FOR WA STATE: Washington State Dept of Early Learning has a required Safe Sleep course so this class may not be used for STARS credit in WA State.