Health & Safety

Taking Care of a Baby

What can you do to reduce the risk of SIDS

Put the baby down to sleep on his or her back.One of the most important things you can do to help reduce the risk of SIDS is to place the baby on his/her back to sleep. Health care providers now recommend that babies be placed on their back to sleep. Keep in mind that:

  • Babies that can turn from back to front on their own should not be forced to stay on the back.

  • Babies should be placed in a variety of positions while awake.

  • Babies with certain health problems may need to sleep on their stomach.

Provide the baby with smoke free surroundings.

  • Provide a smoke free environment to reduce the risk of SIDS.

  • SIDS is more common among those babies who are exposed to smoke from tobacco products.

  • Smoke is not good for a baby. Babies exposed to smoke have more colds and other illnesses.

Use the correct bedding for the baby.

  • A baby should sleep on a firm mattress or other firm surface. Make sure there are no ledges or gaps into which the baby could fall.

  • Do not place the baby to sleep on a waterbed, Sheepskin, pillow or any other soft materials.

  • Do not use fluffy blankets or comforters under the baby. Remove pillows, stuffed toys, and bumper pads from the crib of young babies.

Do not overdress the baby.

  • Babies need to be kept warm, not hot. If the room temperature is right for you, it will be right for the baby. As a general rule, dress the baby with the same amount of clothing that you are wearing.

Keeping a baby healthy.

  • It is important for babies to have regular checkups and immunizations.

  • At the present time, there is no known way to predict or prevent a SIDS death. However, recent research has shown that these infant care practices have significantly reduced the risk of SIDS.

For more information contact: 5330 Primrose Drive, Suite 231, Fair Oaks, CA 95628-3542 or 1-800-369-SIDS (within California) or 916-536-0167 or email *Provided by the California SIDS Program under funding by the California Department of Health Services, Maternal and Child Health Branch, California SIDS Program*

California Child Care Healthline – Toll-free 800.333.3212

The purpose of the Child Care Healthline is to provide information that will promote the health and well-being of children, families, and caregivers in a variety of child care settings. A toll free consultation service for California child care professionals and the families they serve is listed.

Center for Injury Prevention, Policy & Practice

The center is based at San Diego State University and publishes Safety Tip Sheets that provide information to promote safe environments in child care facilities. There are different Safety Tip Sheets for each age group and are available in English and Spanish.


Nutrition and Obesity Prevention Awareness

In an effort to encourage activities related to obesity prevention, healthy eating habits, and an active lifestyle. Unhealthy eating and lack of physical activity have led to a national obesity epidemic. This can lead to cardiovascular disease and cancer; Type 2 diabetes in adults, teens and children: inability to meet minimum standards to be considered physically fit; increasing disability rates due to obesity; rising health care costs; and low self-esteem, social stigma and depression.

The following websites provides providers and parents information and training on proper nutrition and exercise for children and infants.

Dairy Council of California - Nutrition Education for Healthy diets:

Mayo Clinic, Childhood Obesity: Parenting Advice, etc:

Center for Health and Health Care in Schools:

American Academy of Pediatrics:

American Academy of Family Physicians:

Department of Agriculture, Team Nutrition: