As part of Safer Sleep Week (12 to 18 March), Doncaster Council is reminding parents and carers with young babies of key safety advice to reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Over 200 babies and toddlers die every year of SIDS in the UK. There are no obvious reasons for these deaths, but sleeping in the same bed as your baby and making your baby too hot can increase the risk. Parents who follow safer sleep advice can significantly lower the chances of this happening.
During the week the council’s Public Health team will be providing safer sleep guidance and advice at the following places in Doncaster:
- Frenchgate Centre. 9am – 5pm on Friday 16 March.
- Mothercare, Danum Retail Park. 11am – 3pm on Saturday 17 March.
To reduce the chance of SIDS, Doncaster Council recommends that parents/carers:
- always place your baby on their back to sleep
- keep your baby in a smoke free environment 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 six months
- breastfeed your baby
- use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress that is 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 smoke, drink or take drugs, or if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth weight
- avoid letting your baby get too hot
- don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding
Councillor Nigel Ball, Doncaster Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: “Safer sleeping is a really important part of the healthy child programme and we work closely with partners across Doncaster to ensure that all professionals in touch with parents help them understand this advice.
“If parents have a young baby and want more information about this then I would encourage them to come and see us at one of our event stands this week, visit one of the Doncaster Family Hubs or speak to their health visitor / midwife who will be more than happy to offer guidance and support.”
For more information on safer sleeping and settling babies to sleep contact one of the following:
- Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDASH) Single Point of Contact on 01302 566776
- the Lullaby Trust on 0808 802 6869
- speak directly to the Health Visiting team at their Breast Start, First Friends or Growing Friends groups. For venues and times please see the Health Visitor web page at http://healthvisitors.rdash.nhs.uk
For more information on stopping smoking contact Yorkshire Smokefree on 0330 660 1166.
- Category: Health & wellbeing