Parents and carers across Merseyside are being reminded of the steps they can take to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Awareness is being brought to the issue as part of The Lullaby Trust’s national awareness campaign ‘Safer Sleep Week’ which runs from 13 to 19 March 2017.
SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby where no cause is found. It is responsible for 250 to 300 deaths in the UK each year and the North West has the highest rate of deaths in England and Wales, highlighting the importance of the campaign.
The Lullaby Trust and Merseyside Safeguarding Children Boards are working together to bring awareness to the issue and to spread advice on how to reduce the chances of it happening.
Debbie Hammersley, Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children and Chair of the Safe Sleep group, said: “There are a few very simple steps that parents can take which dramatically reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
“Safer Sleep Week offers an opportunity to remind people what they can do and the support that is out there to give them assistance.”
These six steps are recommended to help keep your baby safe:
1. Keep your baby away from smoke including before birth
2. Do not allow yourself to fall asleep with them on a sofa or chair – put your baby in a cot, crib or Moses basket to sleep in
3. Do not fall asleep with your baby after you have been drinking or taking drugs/medication
4. Place your baby on their back with their feet to the foot of the cost
5. Keep the baby’s head and face uncovered, and make sure they don’t get too hot
6. Breastfeed your baby – support is available if you need it
For more information on safer sleeping for babies, visit The Lullaby Trust’s website.