Just the mention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (sometimes known as cot death) is enough to strike fear into the heart of any new parent. However, there are simple steps parents can take that will help to lower the risk of it happening.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the term used to describe the sudden and unexpected death of a baby where no cause is found. The number of babies who die from SIDS has dropped dramatically over recent years as safer sleep advice has become more widely known. At The Lullaby Trust we know the numbers could be lower still and if all parents followed the scientifically proven steps, the lives of many babies could be saved.
Following the below advice for all sleeps day and night will help to protect your baby from SIDS, giving you the peace of mind to enjoy this special time.
Things you can do…
- Always place your baby on their back to sleep.
- Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth.
- Breastfeed your baby.
- Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months.
- Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition.
Things to avoid…
- Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby.
- Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, have drunk alcohol, have taken drugs or medication or are extremely tired, or if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth weight
- Avoid letting your baby get too hot.
- Don’t cover your baby’s face or head whilst sleeping or use loose bedding.
- To avoid accidents remove all pillows, cot bumpers and soft toys from the cot
If you would like further support or advice on safer sleep for babies please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call our Information line: 0808 802 6869