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Safe Sleep For Your Baby

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is committed to reducing infant deaths in Oklahoma.

The leading causes of death in babies from one month to 12 months are sleep-related infant deaths, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation, and strangulation in bed.  A safe sleep environment can reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths.

African American babies are more than two times as likely to die of SIDS as white babies. American Indian/Alaskan Native babies are nearly three times as likely to die of SIDS as white babies. 

Listed below are some ways that babies in Oklahoma have died after being put down to sleep in an unsafe space:

- Suffocating when another person fell asleep with the baby and laid on top of the baby
- Suffocating when blankets got on the baby’s face and the baby could not breathe
- Suffocating after getting stuck between the wall and the mattress on an adult bed
- Suffocating after getting stuck between two mattresses, couch pillows, or recliner cushions
- Suffocating on debris after falling off the bed onto pile of soft items

- Strangling on a mini-blind cord that was too long and too close to the crib
- Strangling between bars on a crib or adult bed that were too far apart

To reduce sleep-related infant deaths, the Oklahoma State Department of Health encourages using safe sleep recommendations listed.

What's New...

Train-the-Trainer Infant Safe Sleep Environments 

Training is at OCCHD, 2600 NW 63rd St, OKC, OK 73111

8:00 am - 12:00 noon

Who should attend?

Any childcare, health care or direct service providers that educate families on safe sleep.

Training is free of charge to participants but you must register. Call (405) 419-4179 to register.

CECPD CEUs available 

Contact Information:

James Craig, MSW, LCSW
Public Health Social Work Coordinator
OSDH/Maternal and Child Health Service
1000 NE 10th Street, Room 903.2
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Phone: 405-271-9444 est. 56931


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