CFSID launches Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) online course

    TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - The Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant
Deaths (CFSID) will be launching the parent module of its Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome (SIDS) online course on Saturday, October 25, 2008, at 11:00 am at
the 2008 National Baby's Breath Conference.
    CFSID is dedicated to reducing infant mortality and the rate of sudden
and unexpected infant deaths, and to the emotional support of those who are
affected. As part of its mandate, CFSID has created the SIDS course to
generate awareness about SIDS and what caregivers can do to reduce the risk.
    "It has been CFSID's dream to create one consistent message that is
science-based evidence that will educate Canadians and give them the best
opportunity to improve health and safety," said Mary MacCormick, CFSID
Executive Director.
    The SIDS course explores the risk factors associated with SIDS and
provides caregivers with information to improve the health and safety of
infants and reduce the risk of SIDS. Upon completion of the course, parents
will be able to:

    -   Recall the risks of exposure of smoke to an infant
    -   Identify the elements of a safe sleeping position for an infant
    -   Identify the elements of a safe sleeping surface for an infant
    -   Identify the differences between bed sharing, co-sleeping, and room
        sharing and recall why room sharing is the safest sleeping option for
        an infant
    -   Recognize the issue of positional plagiocephaly (flat head) in babies
        and recall ways to avoid having it develop
    -   Recall the safety of common products used for infants
    -   Recall information that alternate caregivers (grandparents,
        babysitters, childcare facilities, etc) need to know when caring for
        an infant

    The Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (CFSID) delivers
infant health and safety education through an extensive network of volunteers
in communities across Canada. CFSID provides resources and services for all
infant deaths including miscarriage and stillbirth with respect to peer
support, public educations, and awareness and supports Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome (SIDS) related research.
    This initiative is co-sponsored by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and TD
Canada Trust.

For further information:

For further information: on CFSID, please contact: Tel: (905) 688-8884,
Toll-free: 1-800-363-7437, Fax: (905) 688-3300, Website:,

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