Keeping Infants Safe

3 Clock Hours / 0.3 CEUs / $25.00

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Course Description

This course applies to infants.

In this course you will learn about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), safe sleep practices, abusive head trauma (AHT)/shaken baby syndrome, and early brain development. Learn to recognize and prevent AHT. In this course you will learn the precautions you should take to reduce the risk of SIDS including the use of safe sleep practices.

Some states have specific baby safety, SIDS, ACEs, safe sleep practices, AHT/shaken baby syndrome, and early brain development requirements. Please read below to see how this course can be used for these requirements. Keeping Infants Safe certificates are individualized for those states with specific requirements.

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Keeping Infants Safe
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Course formats

This course is offered in both our coursebook (with required online component/testing) and our fully online format. The online format of this course includes audio narration in most course sections. Click here to learn more about Care Courses' training formats.

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Acceptance information

This course is accepted for annual state training requirements in most states, including many states' infant safety requirements, and for the CDA and for CDA renewal training requirements.

Information on specific states:

  • Illinois, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah: This course fulfills the state training requirements on SIDS, SUID, SBS/AHT and safe sleep. This course covers New York's 10th training topic on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
  • Maryland: This course fulfills Maryland's SIDS training requirement.
  • Michigan: This course may be used by caregivers working in centers to fulfill Michigan’s safe sleep and shaken baby syndrome training requirements. This course may not be used by family child care providers to fulfill Michigan’s safe sleep and shaken baby syndrome training requirements.
  • Missouri: This course does not meet the Missouri requirement for safe sleep training or for the annual clock hours of child-care related training.
  • Minnesota: This course does not meet Minnesota’s mandated SUID and AHT training requirement.
  • Nevada and North Carolina: This course is not accepted for the Nevada or North Carolina SIDS requirement.
  • Oklahoma: This course is approved for the Infant/Toddler Certificate of Achievement.
  • Texas: This course satisfies the pre-service and annual one-hour SIDS, shaken baby syndrome, abusive head trauma and early childhood brain development training requirement for caregivers and directors who provide care for children younger than 24 months of age [§746.1305, §746.1309 & §746.1311]. 
  • Washington State: This course is not accepted for Washington Merit or Washington Stars clock hours.
  • Wisconsin: This course is not accepted for Wisconsin's requirements for shaken baby syndrome or abusive head trauma.

Learning outcomes

After completing Keeping Infants Safe you will be able to  describe how infants' brains grow and change during the first two years of life;  identify risk factors that lead to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and the causes and symptoms of Abusive Head Trauma (AHT)/shaken baby syndrome (SBS); explain the difference between sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); and describe the caregiver’s role in creating safe, healthy conditions for infants, and in assisting families in making informed choices that promote infant safety.

Topics covered

  • Brain development during infancy
  • Ways to recognize and prevent abusive head trauma/shaken-baby syndrome
  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • What is meant by SUID and SIDS
  • Major risk factors for SIDS
  • Ways to reduce the risk of SIDS


Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology

Read written material, view videos, listen to audio.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice quiz and written assignments.

What our students say about Keeping Infants Safe

"I have learned so much from taking this course! I learned how to interact with an infant, how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) impact a child's future and health, how babies communicate, SIDS and SUID, and much more! In addition to opening up my own home daycare facility, I plan to start a family soon. This course was so helpful in not only becoming a home daycare provider, but also in becoming a parent myself one day. Thank you for putting together such an informational course!" - Maywood, Illinois

"I love everything about Care Courses [Keeping Infants Safe]. The customer service is outstanding and the choice of course topics is perfect. I have taken many courses and enjoyed all of them. I have and will continue to highly recommend care courses to others in the child care business. Thank you." - Sloatsburg, New York

Completion deadline

This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.

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Care Courses currently offers over 50 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official online certificate of completion. The free CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

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