October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness (SIDS) month.

Do you know exactly what SIDS is and how it occurs? It is an unexplained death of a child usually during sleep who is less than a year old and appeared to be a normal healthy baby.

Even though the cause of death is still unknown, it appears that SIDS might be caused by defects in the portion of an infant’s brain that controls breathing and arousal from sleep.

Shelby County Health Departments wants to inform parents, grandparents, and caretakers, about safe infant sleeping practices.

The most important is placing your baby on his or her back to sleep.

Take a look at the video below, courtesy the office of Minority Health to see what a safe sleep environment looks like.