PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY CONCERNING FENTANYL AND FENTANYL-LACED SUBSTANCES

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)


The state of Tennessee has created a program to help families reduce the risk of losing their babies to SIDS.  The goal of the SIDS program is to reduce the number of SIDS deaths in Tennessee, and to provide bereavement support for families who have experienced the sudden, unexpected death of an infant.  The Tennessee SIDS program is also dedicated to educating professionals, parents, community agencies, clergy, law enforcement personnel, emergency responders and all other interested persons who may encounter SIDS deaths throughout the state.


For Parents

  • SIDS affects babies of all races and income levels
  • SIDS affects babies who appear healthy
  • SIDS is not caused by choking or other minor illnesses (colds or infections)
  • SIDS is not caused by immunizations
  • SIDS is not contagious nor caused by abuse
  • SIDS is not the cause of all unexplained infant deaths

 Accessing Services

For information on bereavement services in Tennessee go to:
Middle Tennessee State University
Support Services in Tennessee


For More Program Information:

Call: 615-741-7353
Email: mch.health@tn.gov