Our education and training services help promote awareness and reduce the risk of sudden death during infancy.
Our medical program provides sliding scale services to high risk infants
Our research program is aimed at reducing the incidence of – and ultimately eliminating – unexpected sleep related death during infancy.
Our Support Services provide support and counseling to families of SIDS and high-risk infants.
It is with great sadness that the Board and staff of Southwest SIDS Research Institute announce the recent death of our long-term board member, John Dycha. John was a wonderful asset to our board, and a great husband and father. He worked for Dow, Freeport. His service will be held on Friday, August 18th, at 10:30 AM, St. Laurence Catholic Church, 3100 Sweetwater Blvd.,Sugar Land, TX 77479 The family asks that memorial donations be made to: MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX, 77210-4486. Please include that the gift is in memory of John Dycha.
A Private, Non-Profit 501(C)(3) United Way Community Partner.
Our mission is to end unexpected infant mortality through education, support, medical services and research. Our dedication is to assist those who are victims and to search for the cause(s) of sudden unexpected death during infancy, identify ways to reduce the risk, disseminate this information, and, ultimately, to prevent these tragic losses.
Our Reduce the Risk campaign focuses on two categories of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) : (1) Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and (2) accidental suffocation/ co-sleeping. Because hundreds of infants are born prematurely in our county each year, premature babies are at higher risk for SIDS than full term infants, and most of our patients are preterm, we are initiating a country wide prematurity prevention campaign. Go to our services link for further information.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant, for which no cause can be identified. It continues to be a leading cause of death during infancy despite years of research. Unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury death among children aged < 1 year in the United States and many of these deaths are linked to unsafe sleep practices. Research has documented a 4 fold increase in accidental suffocation/ co-sleeping deaths since the 1980’s.
For more information on our programs please visit our SERVICES page.
Did You Know That
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the number one killer of all babies between one week and one year of age?
- SIDS claims more American babies every year than all childhood cancers, leukemia, heart disease, cystic fibrosis, AIDS, and child abuse combined?
- Sudden death during infancy is one of the most pressing pediatric problems of our time?
- SIDS crosses all social, economic and racial boundaries?
- The SIDS infant appears normal to the parent and physician?
- SIDS strikes suddenly and silently, claiming its small victims during sleep?
- Despite the magnitude of the problem, the cause of SIDS remains unknown?
- That you can reduce the risk of your baby dying by following simple guidelines for creating a safe sleep environment?
- NO ONE IS TO BLAME?
Safe Sleep Kits are distributed free to new and expectant parents though out our county.
Free Pack ‘N Plays are available to area families in need through our A.C.C.E.S.S. Program
Interested in volunteering???? Want to help in the fight to end unexpected infant death? Your help is needed! Volunteer Opportunities are available assembling kits, helping with out-reach at different venues, and helping maintain our social media and website if you happen to have great social media skills. Or if you enjoy party planning, how about joining us as a volunteer for our 2018 Gala? Interested in decorations? Food (yum…you get to be a taste tester)? Audio-visual? Getting auction items? You can sign up for any volunteer position by going to Brazoria Cty Volunteer Match and searching for Southwest SIDS Research Institute or by contacting our office directly at 979-297-2101 or 1-800-245-7437.
The Board and Staff of the Institute wish to express our sincere appreciation to United Way of Brazoria County for their continued support of our program.
Dow’s Dollars for Doers Grant Awarded to the SW SIDS Research Institute
The staff and board of the Southwest SIDS Research Institute would like to express our sincere appreciation to Dow’s Dollars for Doers program and Luke Guidry. Luke volunteered numerous hours to the Institute through his position as Gala Decoration Chair and helping assemble and distribute Safe Sleep Kits for new area parents.
The Dollars For Doers program is a charitable funding initiative that allows Dow to recognize, encourage and support the volunteer efforts of Texas Operations employees who choose to give their time to local community organizations in order to contribute to community success. Luke applied for this grant and was a recipient.
The Institute depends upon funds raised at the annual Gala to help provide medical, educational, support, and research services to new parents and high risk infants in the community. It is through the efforts of outstanding volunteers like Luke who make this gala a successful event. A special thanks to Luke Guidry for taking that extra step to apply for funding from Dow’s Dollars for Doers and to Dow for making this $500 grant possible.
The Southwest SIDS Research Institute is happy to be participating in the the next Mission to Mission Bike Race in San Antonio, Texas.
Rex’s Run was a tremendous success! The event supports out-reach in San Antonio, which has the highest rate of unexpected infant death and bed-sharing death in the State.
If you would like to make a donation in memory or in honor of a loved one, please contact our office at 979-297-2101 or 800-245-SIDS (7437). You may give your credit card information over the phone. After processing, this information will be shredded. Alternatively, you may mail a check payable to the Southwest SIDS Research Institute, 230 Parking Way, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566. You will be given a letter acknowledging your tax deductible contribution and the family will be notified of your donation. Your contribution is greatly needed and appreciated.