Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

October is SIDS Awareness Month. Learn more about the problem and the risk factors and take action to reduce the risk. Start by always placing babies on their backs to sleep.

Defining the Problem

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID): The death of an infant, less than 1 year of age that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly. After a case investigation, these deaths may be diagnosed as suffocation, asphyxia, entrapment, infection, ingestions, metabolic diseases, cardiac arrhythmias, trauma (accidental or non-accidental), or SIDS. In some cases where the evidence is not clear, or not enough information is available, the death is considered to be from an More >

Hispanic Heritage Month: Sept. 15 – Oct. 15

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. The observance was expanded in 1989 by Congress to a month long celebration (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), America celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and More >

Preventing Infant Mortality & Improving Newborn Health

Some two-thirds of child deaths are preventable through practical, low-cost interventions if these are delivered in an integrated, effective and continuous way, starting with a healthy pregnancy for the mother, through birth and care up to five years of age.

Health risks to newborn babies are minimised by:

  • Quality care during pregnancy
  • Safe delivery by a skilled birth attendant
  • Good neonatal care: immediate attention to breathing and warmth, hygienic cord and skin care, and early initiation of exclusive breastfeeding.
  • Insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent transmission of malaria
  • Antiretrovirals for women with HIV, along with safer delivery and feeding practices.

Providing timely, accessible, quality care could prevent almost More >