Updated: Mar 9, 2020
Safe Sleeping - SIDS Awareness
Learn more on how to reduce the risks of sudden infant death syndrome..
In the UK, at least 300 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly every year. This statistic may sound alarming but SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) or also known as cot death is rare and the risk of your baby dying from it is low.
However it is always good to know what we as parents can do to help reduce the risk. Here are the current legislation and guidance on SIDS.
Things to do - ✅Always place baby on their back to sleep.
✅Place your baby in the "feet to foot" position – with their feet touching the end of the cot, Moses basket, or pram.
✅Have your baby sleep with you in the same room in a separate cot or moses basket for the first 6 months.
✅Use a mattress that's firm, flat, waterproof and in good condition.
✅Keep your baby away from smoke during pregnancy and after birth.
✅Use of a dummy at the beginning of each sleep can help the baby fall into a deep sleep slower.
Things to avoid -
🚫Do not sleep with baby in your arms on the sofa or armchair.
🚫Do not sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink or take drugs.
🚫Do not let your baby get overheated or too cold. The room temperature of 16C to 20C, with light bedding or a lightweight baby sleeping bag, will provide a comfortable sleeping environment for your baby.
🚫Never cover your baby’s face with a cover or loose bedding.
For further information on SIDS check out the NHS website.
Also for extra support and advise on sleeping your baby safely The Lullaby Trust can help.
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