Nottinghamshire County Council and the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board is using National Safer Sleep Week (13-19 March) to remind parents and carers of the best tips and advice to help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
SIDS claims the life of approximately 230 babies every year in the UK, and the Lullaby Trust, which runs Safer Sleep Week, publishes some simple to follow advice for best safe sleeping practice for infants which could help deaths be avoided.
Things you can do:
- Always place your baby on their back to sleep
- Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth
- Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
- Breastfeed your baby, if you can
- 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:
- Have drunk alcohol
- Have taken drugs
- Are extremely tired
- Your baby was born prematurely
- Your baby was of low birth-weight
- Avoid letting your baby get too hot
- Don’t cover your baby’s face or head
New and expectant parents can find more information at www.lullabytrust.org.uk.