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Reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

It's not known why some babies die suddenly and for no apparent reason from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), or cot death.

Experts do know placing a baby to sleep on their back reduces the risk, and exposing a baby to cigarette smoke or allowing them to overheat increases the risk. 

It's also known there's an association between sleeping with your baby on a bed, sofa or chair (co-sleeping) and SIDS.

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How to reduce the risk of SIDS

  • Place your baby on their back to sleep, in a cot in the same room as you, for the first 6 months.
  • Don't smoke during pregnancy or breastfeeding, and don't let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby.
  • Don't share a bed with your baby if you have been drinking alcohol, if you take drugs, or you're a smoker.
  • Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair.
  • Don't let your baby get too hot or cold.
  • Keep your baby's head uncovered. Their blanket should be tucked in no higher than their shoulders.
  • Place your baby in the "feet to foot" position, with their feet at the end of the cot or moses basket.

 


There is more information on the NHS website and from The Lullaby Trust


This video from The Lullaby Trust shows how you can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) giving you the peace of mind to enjoy this special time. The advice is based on strong scientific evidence and should be followed for all sleep periods, not just at night.


10/06/2020