A hospital trust is supporting Safer Sleep Week which is aimed at preventing cot deaths.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby where no cause is found.
This week Southport and Ormskirk hospital Trust gave out leaflets and advice to visitors promoting safer sleep for babies.
While SIDS is rare, it can still happen and there are steps parents can take to help reduce the chance of this tragedy occurring.
Safer Sleep Week is The Lullaby Trust’s national awareness campaign targeting anyone looking after a young baby.
From the 14-20 March 2016 The Lullaby Trust and partners aim to make sure parents in the UK know the importance of safer sleep and are aware of how to reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Safer sleep tips:
- Keep baby away from smoke, before and after birth.
- Put baby in a cot, crib or moses basket to sleep – never fall asleep with them on a sofa or chair.
- Never fall asleep with baby after drinking or taking drugs/medication.
- Put baby to sleep on their back with their feet to the foot of the cot.
- Keep baby’s head and face uncovered and make sure they don’t get too hot.
- Breastfeed your baby. Support is available if you need it.
For more information about safer sleep, visit www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep
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