CHA News Article

NIH Expands Effort to Reduce Sleep-Related Infant Deaths

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced it has expanded and revised the “Back to Sleep” campaign, launched in 1994 to educate parents, caregivers and health care providers about preventing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Now called the “Safe to Sleep” campaign, the outreach effort includes all sleep-related, sudden unexpected infant deaths.

The “Back to Sleep” campaign was named for the recommended practice of placing infants on their backs to prevent SIDS. The expanded “Safe to Sleep” campaign stresses this practice as well, but also highlights other ways to provide a safe sleep environment, including placing infants to sleep in their own safe sleep environment, free of soft bedding, rather than an adult bed. For more information, see attached NIH fact sheet and brochure.