Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Shaken Baby Syndrome
Act 506 of the Louisiana Legislature designates the Louisiana Department of Health as the agency to provide recommended resources related to Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) prevention for use by healthcare providers and other social service agencies.
SUID is defined as the sudden and unexpected death of an infant less than 1 year of age whose cause of death is not immediately obvious before investigation. Shaken Baby Syndrome is a term used to describe the constellation of signs and symptoms resulting from violent shaking or shaking and impacting of the head of an infant or small child.
Resources for Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID):
- Give Your Baby Space campaign and website: GiveYourBabySpace.org provides information and resources for caregivers and providers around SUID and safe sleep. The website includes an interactive game that shows users how to set up a safe infant sleep environment, a resource directory, and educational print materials and radio ads directed at parents and caregivers.
Safe Sleep Away from Home: The Bureau of Family Health developed a one-pager with guidance for caregivers on how to create safe sleep environments for babies when a crib is unavailable. This one-pager is designed for use with caregivers who are away from their homes due to emergency situations, recreational or work-related travel, or temporary housing situations.
Recommended Resources for Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS):
- National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome: The Center’s website, Dontshake.org, provides information and tools for providers around SBS. The website includes recommended research around SBS, prevention tools, educational materials for purchase, and resources for families who have been affected by SBS.