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Posted on 2017-03-14 22:21:12

Safer Sleep Week to raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

INVALUABLE advice is being provided to parents and carers in the Tees Valley to help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in babies and toddlers.

The charitable organisation, Lullaby Trust, is raising awareness of SIDS through its national campaign Safer Sleep Week, which takes place between 13 and 19 March.

As part of the week, quick tips are being promoted on what to do when putting your baby or toddler to bed.

To ensure babies have a safer sleep, the Tees Child Death Overview Panel is encouraging parents and carers to read up on the advice.

Examples such as making sure your baby is on its back when put to bed, and to use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress that is in good condition.

Babies should also be kept smoke-free during pregnancy and after birth, and they should be placed in a separate cot in the same room as their parents or carers for the first six months.

Edward Kunonga, Director of Public Health, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland Councils, and chair of the Tees Child Death Overview Panel, said: “Every year, sadly around 250 babies and toddlers die from SIDS in the UK. Greater awareness of safer sleep will lead to a decrease in the numbers of babies dying.

“This simple guidance, such as never sleeping on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby, can make a difference and help prevent such tragic events from happening.

“We hope that by supporting this national campaign we raise awareness to parents and carers so they can ensure their babies are sleeping as safely as possible.” 

For more information on Safer Sleep Week or to read up on the advice, please visit: www.lullabytrust.org.uk