Infant Safe Sleep - 2016

Welcome to the training on Infant Safe Sleep provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).


The goal of this module is to educate Texas Health Steps providers and others about the causes of sleep-related infant death, safe sleep practices to reduce the risk for sudden unexpected sleep-related infant deaths, and ways to motivate parents and caregivers to provide safe sleeping environments for infants.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Examine three major causes of sleep-related infant death.
  2. Indicate three risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome.
  3. Distinguish one of the key risk-reduction practices for safe infant sleep.
  4. Specify one common concern that inhibits parents and caregivers from placing an infant to sleep on its back or in a bed alone.
  5. Select two common reasons why parents and caregivers do not comply with recommendations to reduce risk for sudden unexpected infant death and sudden infant death syndrome.
  6. Specify three ways that health-care providers can effectively communicate safe sleep messages to parents and caregivers.

NOTE: References to parents or families in this module also imply guardians or caregivers.

All data presented in the module reflect the most recent year for available data.