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.
NEW AAP Safe Sleep Guidelines:
Recommendations To Reduce the Risk of SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths
1. Back to sleep for every sleep.
2. Use a firm sleep surface.
3. Breastfeeding is recommended.
4. It is recommended that infants sleep in the parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed, but on a separate surface designed for infants, ideally for the first year of life, but at least for the first 6 months.
5. Keep soft objects and loose bedding away from the infant’s sleep area to reduce the risk of SIDS, suffocation, entrapment, and strangulation.
6. Consider offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
7. Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth.
8. Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.
9. Avoid overheating and head covering in infants.
10. Pregnant women should obtain regular prenatal care.
11. Infants should be immunized in accordance with recommendations of the AAP and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
12. Avoid the use of commercial devices that are inconsistent with safe sleep recommendations.
13. Do not use home cardiorespiratory monitors as a strategy to reduce the risk of SIDS.
14. Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended to facilitate development and to minimize development of positional plagiocephaly.
15. There is no evidence to recommend swaddling as a strategy to reduce the risk of SIDS.
17. Media and manufacturers should follow safe sleep guidelines in their messaging and advertising.
18. Continue the “Safe to Sleep” campaign, focusing on ways to reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths, including SIDS, suffocation, and other unintentional deaths. Pediatricians and other primary care providers should actively participate in this campaign.
19. Continue research and surveillance on the risk factors, causes, and pathophysiologic mechanisms of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths, with the ultimate goal of eliminating these deaths altogether.
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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.
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A Private, Non-Profit 501(C)(3) United Way Participating Agency.
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.
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.
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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?
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.