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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Program

SIDS, also known as "crib death," is the sudden and unexpected death of a baby under 1 year of age that remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation. SIDS can happen to any family, no matter what race they are, how much money they have, or where they live. What's important to know is that nobody is to blame when a baby dies of SIDS, because it cannot be predicted and the cause is unknown.


  • SIDS is one of the leading causes of infant death.
  • Most SIDS deaths happen in babies who are under 6 months old.
  • African American babies are 2x more likely to die of SIDS than white babies.
  • Babies are more likely to die of SIDS if they are exposed to secondhand smoke.
  • Babies placed to sleep on their stomachs are much more likely to die of SIDS than babies placed on their backs to sleep.


The mission of the Contra Costa SIDS Program is to help alleviate the tragedy surrounding SIDS by facilitating high quality, caring services to families and caregivers who have been affected by SIDS. The program works not only to assist families affected by SIDS, but also to expand awareness about SIDS and to promote risk reduction measures.


  • Assistance to Families & Childcare Providers Affected by SIDS
    The SIDS Program partners with the Contra Costa Crisis Center to provide bereavement support, information, referrals, resources, and follow-up services to assist families and caregivers.
  • Community Education
    SIDS Program staff participate in community campaigns and collaboratives (e.g. Child Death Review Team, Fetal Infant Mortality Review Case Review Team, Childhood Injury Prevention Network-Bay Area) to expand awareness about SIDS and to promote risk reduction measures such as placing infants on their backs to sleep and providing a smoke-free, safe-sleep environment.
  • Trainings and Support
    Trainings are provided for childcare agencies, hospital and clinic staff, public health nurses, emergency responders, law enforcement agencies, first responders, and the general public. Trainings reference the most current research regarding SIDS and Safe Sleep practices.


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For More Information

Contra Costa SIDS Program
Administrative Office

597 Center Avenue, Suite 365
Martinez, CA 94553
925-313-6708 fax