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The SID Network of Ohio promotes infant safety in an effort to reduce the rate of sleep related infant deaths including SIDS, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), accidental suffocation, asphyxia, overlay and other undetermined deaths.  We accomplish this through the promotion of infant health and wellness, community education and medical research.  We also provide supportive services to those who have been affected by the sudden loss of a child age 2 and under.


February 2015

Watch this important video to learn why babies don't choke while sleeping on his or her back.  Remember the ABCs of infant safe sleep...Alone, on their Back, in a Crib!

Click here for the video


January 2015

Learn more about the great work the SID Network of Ohio is doing by reading our 2014 Accomplishments. Click here

SIDS Risk Reduction & Infant Safe Sleep Educational Workshops - March 2015


The SID Network of Ohio in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Health will be holding 3 statewide training workshops for professionals in March. The AAP guidelines for infant safe sleep & SIDS risk reduction will be discussed as well as the role of the home visit nurse and local/state SUID statistics. In addition, we will have a parent speaker share their story and experience to help professionals who deal with families understand how a SIDS/SUID death impacts the family, the grief process and important tips to consider when making home visits and/or contacting newly bereaved families.

Please check your calendars and register today by clicking here.

December 2014

An important recall from the CPSC for Dream On Me Play Yards due to a strangulation hazard.

Click here to learn more

October 2014

A new study featured on Good Morning America highlights the importance of infant safe sleep. The study finds that a large portion of sleep related infant deaths occur when infants are placed on sofas for sleep. Click on the link below to watch the segment.

Click here to learn more


Happy 20th Anniversary Safe to Sleep Campaign!

October is SIDS Awareness Month.  To kick off this month, the SID Network is pleased to announce our Infant Safe Sleep Mini-Grant Program We created this program to provide funding to neighborhood and community groups for outreach projects to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death in the state of Ohio. The purpose of the mini-grant program is to increase community participation in disseminating the infant safe sleep message throughout the state. 

For more information, click on the program guidelines and application below.  The deadline to apply is November 1, 2014

And remember to always follow the ABCs of safe sleep - Sleep your baby Alone, on its Back in a bare naked Crib!

Program Guidelines

Program Application

September 2014

September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month. According to 2011 data from the Centers for Disease Control, Ohio currently ranks fifth worst in the nation for our overall infant mortality rate (those babies who die before their first birthday) and the worst for our African American babies! Ohio is working very hard to bring these rates down but we still have work to do. 1,087 infants died before their first birthday or approximately 8 babies per 1,000 live births. The disparities are evident with 6 white babies dying per 1,000 live births while the African American rate more than doubles at 15 deaths per 1,000 live births!

The SID Network will continue to feature information during September on this crisis and what Ohio is doing to combat these staggering numbers so more babies can live to see their first birthday. To learn more about Ohio's Infant Mortality, please read the following article:

August 2014

Our own Dr. Stacy Scott is starring in and narrating the Ohio Department of Health's "Safe Sleep 101" video highlighting the ABCs of infant safe sleep. Babies sleep safest Alone, on their Back in a Crib. Please watch this video on our Facebook page and share this with everyone you know to help spread the safe sleep message!

Watch the Safe Sleep 101 Video by clicking here

July 2014

July 30, 2014 - The SID Network of Ohio participated in an Infant Safe Sleep Media Event yesterday on the south steps of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. This event was hosted by the Ohio Department of Health and Charlie’s Kids Foundation. The event showcased 85,000 Charlie’s Kids Foundation's "Sleep Baby Safe and Snug" books that the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Hospital Association will be providing to Ohio’s families. Our Executive Director, Leslie Redd, was one of the speakers. Our thanks to Dr. Sam Hanke and his wife, Maura for their courage in telling their story and sharing the infant safe sleep message in a beautiful, thoughtful and creative way in honor of their son, Charlie.

A new study was published on July 14, 2014 in Pediatrics entitled, “Sleep Environment Risks for Younger and Older Infants”. This study looked at 8,207 sleep related infant deaths from 2004 – 2012. The study divided the ages of the infants into two groups, 0-3 months (younger) and 4 months up until the age of one year (older). The predominant risk factor for younger infants is bed-sharing while rolling into objects in the sleep area is the predominant risk factor for older infants. 74% of the younger infants were sharing a bed at the time of the death while 39% of the older babies’ deaths happened in a sleep area that contained objects. It is important that parents be educated about these risk factors appropriate to their baby’s age. Parents should be warned about the risks of bed-sharing especially when their baby is young and cribs should be clear and free of all loose bedding, bumper pads and other objects.

The SID Network of Ohio follows the AAP Guidelines for infant safe sleep – infants should sleep alone, on their back in a bare naked crib until age one. We also recommend a separate sleep space in the same room as the parents.

Click her for an article in USA Today

June 2014

We are so excited to share an update regarding Senate Bill 278! The bill passed on Wednesday, June 4th in the House and will be passed on to the Governor for his signature! After the bill’s enactment, the use of the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation (SUIDI) Reporting Form will be required. This necessary tool will allow for a better understanding of SIDS and devise new strategies for preventing those deaths.

May 2014

An important message regarding Nap Nanny infant recliners! This product was recalled in 2012 because 5 deaths were associated with its use. Another death was just reported so please pass this information on and stop using this product immediately. Follow the ABCs of infant safe sleep...Alone, on their Back, in a safety approved Crib.
Click here for more information

April 2014

The Ohio Department of Health launched a statewide awareness campaign to help reduce the number of Ohio babies who die in unsafe sleep environments. The ABCs of Safe Sleep Campaign aims to save infant lives. Families and caregivers can learn more about providing a safe sleep environment for their baby by visiting

February 2014

Ohio's infant mortality rate is unacceptable!
Ohio ranks 48th overall in the country (37th among white babies and 49th for African American babies). Our thanks to Senators Shannon Jones and Charleta Tavares for introducing a legislative package to fight the state's high rate of infant death. As they stated, "We lose too many babies in Ohio before they reach their first birthday and many of these cases can be prevented with proper training and education." A summary of their 5 pieces of legislation follows:

1) Improve Safe Sleep Education

2) Establish an Infant Mortality Commission to inventory state services, resources and their funding streams available to address Ohio's high rate of infant deaths.

3)  Require the use of the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Incident Reporting Form whenever a child one year of age or younger dies suddenly when thought to be in
good health. This will help to understand the causes behind SUIDS and devise strategies to help prevent those deaths.

4) Establish a Federally Qualified Health Center Pilot Project.

5) Postpartum care management and Medicaid reimbursement for non-medical services.

January 2014

Great News! The Ohio House of Representatives unanimously passed Senate Bill 198 which designates October as National SIDS Awareness Month in Ohio. The bill also encourages coroners and other designated officials to complete the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation (SUIDI) Reporting Form for every death that occurs before a child turns one year old. This bill now goes to the Governor for his signature. Read more in the press release: Click here for more information

2013 SID Network Year in Review

The SID Network of Ohio continues to offer programs and services to parents, professionals and the community to further our mission to promote infant safety in an effort to reduce the rate of SIDS and SUID.  As we reach out across the state educating parents and caregivers on safe ways to sleep their babies, we are reminded of the startling statistic that 3 infant deaths each week in Ohio are sleep related.  Many of these deaths are preventable and through education we hope to make a difference in our overall infant mortality rate which is currently ranked 47th worst in the country.  Our efforts are ongoing and each and every one of our programs is vital in reducing the number of sudden unexpected infant deaths.  Read more...

Training for Professionals - SIDS Risk Reduction and Infant Safe Sleep Educational Workshops

Three statewide trainings are taking place in March 2014.  Click here to get more information and to register

November 2013

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled the Anglecare Movement and Sound Baby Monitors after 2 deaths from suffocation (11/21/2013).  Please read the important link below to learn what you can do if you have this product:

Click here for more information

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled the BreathableBaby Wearable Blankets due to choking hazard.  See the important link below:

Click here for more information

Kiwi Whoo “Owl” BreathableSack

October 2013

October is National SIDS Awareness Month

SIDS and SUIDS (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death) are major causes of infant death.  SIDS is the leading cause of infant death from one month to one year of age and sleep-related suffocation is the leading cause of
infant-injury death.
  Babies should always sleep Alone, on their Backs, and in a Crib free of blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, and bumpers.  We all can make a difference in the fight against SIDS and SUID.  


What can you do to help?

Learn about SIDS, SUID and safe sleep practices for babies, and share this information with everyone you know,
Infant Safe Sleep Recommendations - click here
SIDS and SUID Definitions - click here

Remember those babies who have passed away by visiting our memorial page or send us a memorial for your baby


Reach out to a family in need

September 2013

September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

September is the month Ohio and the nation pay special attention to our infant death challenge and recognize that every baby deserves a chance to live to his/her first birthday, grow into a healthy child, and become a productive adult.  Ohio lags behind most states in preventing infant deaths, just as the United States has fallen behind most other developed nations. In 2011, 1,088 babies died in Ohio before their first birthday.  Ohio’s infant mortality rate for African-American babies is almost two-and-a-half times the rate for whites. We can and must change this situation for the better.  Efforts to make this change are underway all over Ohio. 

To learn more about infant mortality in our state and our efforts to bring down this rate, click here.

Visit the Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality by clicking here.

August 2013

The CPSC just released an important recall on HALO SleepSacks.  Please Click here to get more information.

May 2013

Announcing Summit County's Infant Mortality Summit - June 6th

Summit County Public Health, along with community partners, is sponsoring this summit in order to locally address this urgent issue of infant mortality.

Summit Objectives:
• Raise awareness of the reality of Infant Mortality in Summit County
• Learn the breadth of multi-factors that contribute to Infant Mortality
• Gain informat...ion about existing resources to reduce Infant Mortality
• Contribute community perspective on Infant Mortality and together identify next steps to help decrease Summit County’s rate

To register or learn more information CLICK HERE


March 2013 - Save the Date!

Our thanks to the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Northeastern Ohio, Inc. for their $500 Mini-Grant to fund our Infant Safe Sleep Program at Union Hospital in Tuscarawas County.  This Mini-Grant will allow us to reach an underserved area with our campaign to educate moms on the importance of a safe sleep environment and how this will help to save babies' lives.

February 2013
- Beginning Feb. 28, 2013, manufacturers and importers of infant and toddler play yards are required to test their play yards to ensure that they meet new federal safety standards.  Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission to learn more.  CLICK HERE>

January 2012
- Upcoming training workshops for professionals will take place in March.  The expanded AAP guidelines for infant safe sleep & SIDS risk reduction and the revised Report of Family Contact will be discussed. Please check your calendars and register today. 2.75 CPE credit is available for counselors and social workers. An application has been made for continuing education credit for nurses.  To register for one of our 3 statewide workshops, CLICK HERE >

December 2012 - The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled the Nap Nanny Recliner due to 5 infant deaths. Read more by following this link: CLICK HERE >

September 2012 -

SIDS: Safe to SleepThe Safe to Sleep campaign—formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign—aims to educate parents, caregivers, and health care providers about ways to reduce the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death.

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development launces the Safe to Sleep Public Education Campaign, CLICK HERE >

October 2011 - The American Academy of Pediatrics expands guidelines for infant sleep safety and SIDS risk reduction, CLICK HERE >

April 2011 - The new CPSC mandatory standard for cribs goes into effect June 28, 2011. Compliance with this rule for child care facilities, family child care homes, hotels and other places of public accommodation is required by December 28, 2012. For more information, go to the CPSC Web site, CLICK HERE >


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