Sudden Infant Death (SID) Center
The death of a child is devastating for families and communities. When the death is sudden and unexpected, survivors also are traumatized. The grief following a sudden death can be even more intense and prolonged. Parents and many others are deeply affected.
The Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center at Children's is a statewide program that provides information, counseling, and support to anyone experiencing a sudden and unexpected infant death from any cause. In addition, the Center, in keeping with its original mission, continues to be Minnesota's resource for information on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and SIDS risk reduction.
The Minnesota SID Center conducts training and educational programs for health care providers, child care workers, and other professional and community groups. The Center tracks infant mortality trends in Minnesota and participates in local, state, and national initiatives to reduce the risk of sudden, unexpected infant death.
The Minnesota SID Center is a partnership between Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health. More about Minnesota SID Center
Opportunity for Input on Child Care Safety
The MN Department of Human Services (DHS) recently released a report recommending changes in child care licensing regulations to make child care safer. The recommendations came on the heels of a Star Tribune series that examined the increased number of infant deaths in childcare settings in Minnesota. As the state's leading resource for information on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), MN SID Center staff at Children's participated on the review committee that developed the report and recommendations. Through public meetings and comments, DHS is hoping to gather input on the recommendations from stakeholder groups, including parents. If you are interested in learning more about the recommendations around child safety in childcare settings and/or would like to comment, submit your feedback to DHS Inspector General Jerry Kerber or DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. The report can be viewed at here.
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How to Donate
Please consider a gift to the Minnesota SID Center in your annual charitable giving. As a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on the generosity of our friends.
Keep Baby Safe During Sleep
Research shows that following safe sleep rules can help lower your baby's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and protect baby from suffocation and accidents during sleep.
- Healthy babies should sleep on their backs
- Check with your nurse or doctor
- Follow the Safe Sleep Top 10
- Make a safe place for baby to sleep
- Safe and asleep in a crib of their own
- Tummy time is important
- Helping baby sleep on his back
Contact the Minnesota
Minnesota SID Center
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
2525 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
1 (800) 732-3812 (toll free)
(612) 813-7344 (fax)
- AAP expands guidelines for infant sleep safety and SIDS Risk Reduction
- New crib requirements for child care providers effective December 28, 2012 (Full Details)
Funeral Assistance Available
With the generous support of two families' fundraisers, the MN SID Center is able to provide funeral assistance to newly bereaved families. We will be able to provide up to $500 to help with such things as burial assistance, headstones, flowers, transportation, clothing, etc. Families should contact the MN SID Center for more information.
- Five Infant Deaths Prompt CPSC to Sue Manufacturer of Nap Nanny and Chill Infant Recliners (Full Details)
- Suffocation, Entrapment Risks Prompt Recall of PeaPod Travel Tents by KidCo (Full Details)
- CPSC bans drop sided cribs (Full Details)
- Deaths prompt CPSC, FDA warning on infant sleep positioners (Full Details)
- Smith+Noble Recalls Roman and Roller Shades (Full Details)
- Check the Safe Crib Center Resource for updates on recalled cribs (Full Details)
Parent Support Group
The parent support group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center Newsletter
Kathleen Fernbach, BSN, RN, PHN
Patrick Carolan, MD