Notice

El Paso County Public Health will be closing at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 and will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. There will be no tuberculosis skin tests administered on Wednesday, November 21. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Healthy Babies & Safe Sleep

Our goal is that every infant born in El Paso County has the opportunity to celebrate their first birthday and grow up in a thriving community.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is the leading cause of death among infants. To reduce the risk of SUID and help ensure that your baby sleeps safely, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the ABC’s of safe sleep for babies:

  1. Babies should sleep Alone and on an appropriate sleep surface.
  2. Babies should sleep on their Back.
  3. Babies should sleep in a Crib, free of soft objects, toys and loose bedding.

Community resources are available for families who need help with a safe sleep environment or other health resources for their baby:

Local Resources

Catholic Charities

  • Families seeking safe sleep or safe travel resources can attend an education session at Catholic Charities Safe & Secure program to receive either a free car seat or pack-n-play. No income qualification requirements. For more information call (719) 578-1222.

Lutheran Family Services

  • Parents and caregivers learn to identify and remove common household safety hazards, increase positive behaviors and prevent difficult ones, and identify and respond to common childhood illnesses and injuries. This program is free, flexible and voluntary. For more information call (719) 368-7005 or email [email protected].

Nurse Family Partnership

  • Public Health nurses provide home visits that improve the health, well-being and self-sufficiency of low-income, first-time parents and their children in El Paso and Teller counties. Home visits begin with women during pregnancy and continue until their child is 2 years old. It is free to all women who are eligible for Medicaid and WIC and meet other income requirements. For more information visit our website.

Peak Vista Community Health Centers

  • Peak Vista's First Visitor program provides free, one-on-one support for moms, dads, and caregivers in the comfort of their own home. This program provides emotional support, connects parents and caregivers with free community resources, and shares information on health, nutrition, and safety focusing on safe sleep, head abusive trauma and important developmental milestones. First Visitor provides evidence-based materials with the focus to help make Colorado the best place to raise a child. For more information call (719) 344-6639 (English) and (719) 344-7147 (Español).

Safe to Sleep 

  • Guidance and resources for caregivers, grandparents, and medical providers on safe sleep. For more information click here.

Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you keep your baby away from smokers and places where people smoke. If you are a smoker or you smoked during pregnancy, it is important that you do not bed share with your baby. Also, keep your car and home smoke-free. Don't smoke near your baby, even if you are outside. For free resources to help you quit tobacco, visit www.coquitline.org.

WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

  • WIC provides qualifying women and children with supplemental food, education on nutrition topics, and referrals to community programs. For more information visit our website.

Related Information

Crib safety