Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 

About 3,500 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between one and twelve months old. Although the overall rate of SIDS in the United States has declined more than threefold since 1990, reducing the risk for SIDS remains an important public health concern. This course is appropriate for anyone working with children, parents, or families of young children. It provides a basic overview of SIDS and how to reduce the risk. This training begins by describing SIDS characteristics and factors that increase or decrease an infant’s risk. You also will learn how law enforcement and physicians collaborate to diagnose SIDS. Finally, you will have a better understanding of how to help families of SIDS babies. Through the use of interactive exercises and real-life scenarios, you will be on your way to helping families deal with the tragedy of infant loss.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education


This course is approved by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-SIDS
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Recognize characteristics and risk factors for SIDS.
Describe how to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Explain how SIDS is diagnosed.
Cite at least two ways to offer bereavement support for SIDS families.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Overview of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) A. The Daycare Center B. What Is SIDS? C. What SIDS Is NOT D. SUID vs. SIDS E. Facts and Figures F. Review G. Summary Section 3: The Diagnostic Process A. How Is SIDS Diagnosed? B. Emerging Research C. Review D. Summary Section 4: Risk Factors and Best Practices A. Risk Factors B. Reducing the Risk C. Best Practices D. Pacifier Use E. Review F. Summary Section 5: The Aftermath of SIDS A. Grief and Loss B. The Process of Grief C. When Grief Becomes Complicated D. When to Make Referrals for Further Treatment E. Meet Sue F. Review G. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!

Staff Writer: Naju Madra, M.A.

Naju Madra, M.A. is an internal subject matter expert and clinical content writer for Relias' Behavioral Healthcare library. She earned her Master's degree in Psychology with specific study in neuropsychological assessment for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She brings with her a wealth of experience in clinical assessment, along with expertise in large-scale clinical research project management, recruitment, training, as well as in-person and web-based curriculum development.

In addition to scholarly activities such as writing manuals and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, Ms. Madra has over 15 years of behavioral healthcare experience ranging from crisis counseling and job coaching for individuals with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders, to community college instruction, and trauma specialist at the Veterans Health Administration. In her current role, Ms. Madra has contributed authorship to over 100 behavioral healthcare course offerings for both licensed and non-licensed professionals in the Health & Human Services market.

Disclosure: Naju Madra, M.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Judith Henslee, LMSW
Judy Henslee, LMSW holds a BS from Baylor and a masters in social work from UT Austin. She is the co-founder and executive director of the Southwest SIDS Research Institute. She is the co-author of publications on sleep physiology in normal and high-risk populations and on the effect of premonitions of SIDS on grieving and healing. She served on a NICHD committee establishing SIDS research goals and an American Thoracic Society subcommittee on infant monitoring. Mrs. Henslee has been a member of the board of directors of the National SIDS Foundation and the National SIDS Alliance. She served on the board of the National Association of Apnea Professionals and the Training and Education Team of the National SIDS and Infant Death Program Support Center. She has been a member of the National Association of SIDS Program Professionals and the National Association of Peri-natal Social Workers. She was co-recipient of the President’s Volunteer Action Award in 1987 and was Outstanding Young Alumni at Baylor University. She has been an invited speaker at local, national, and international conferences and has been actively involved in state and local Safe Sleep campaigns for 32 years. Disclosure: Judith Henslee, LMSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry level Direct Care Workers; entry level General Staff; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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