Parents with young babies reminded of safer sleep advice
For Safer Sleep Week (11 - 17 March 2019), Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is reminding parents with young babies of key safety advice on how to make sure they have a ‘safe’ night’s sleep.
Raising awareness of the risks of co-sleeping with young babies is important to help reduce the chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexpected death of a baby where no cause is found. Sadly, around four babies a week still die from SIDS in the UK and if all parents are aware of Safer Sleep advice, then many lives could be saved.
There are no obvious reasons for these deaths, but factors such as co-sleeping do increase the risk, so parents who follow Safer Sleep advice can significantly lower the chances of this occurring.
Kate Birch, Named Midwife for Safeguarding said: “We know that greater awareness of safer sleep leads to a decrease in the numbers of babies dying. We are working with partner agencies and organisations across Worcestershire to ensure that all professionals in touch with parents make sure that the safer sleeping messages get to parents and are understood.”
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 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
- Never sleep in the same bed as your baby. This is particularly important if you smoke, drink, take drugs 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 while sleeping or use loose bedding
If you are pregnant and would like further information please contact your Community Midwife or The Named Midwife for Safeguarding on 01905 733871.
If you are in hospital and would like further information please discuss your concerns with maternity staff or a health care professional.
You can find further details about the Lullaby Trust and Safer Sleeping Week at: www.lullabytrust.org.uk