District’s parents warned about the risk of SIDS

New parents in the district are being asked not to share their bed with their baby especially if they have been drinking, taking drugs or smoking to avoid the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

The advice by Bradford council’s public health department comes at the start of The Lullaby Trust’s first Safer Sleep Week; a national campaign to raise awareness of how parents can help reduce the chance of SIDS.

Although no-one knows exactly what causes Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the campaign aims to halve the number of SIDS cases by 2020 by raising awareness of the risk factors

Dr Shirley Brierley, Public Health consultant for Bradford Council, said:

"Making new parents aware of the risk factors associated with SIDS can hopefully reduce the small numbers of deaths that occur suddenly and unexpectedly.

"It is really important you don't share a bed with your baby if you or your partner smokes, takes drugs, or if you have been drinking alcohol.  It is also important not to share a bed if you have had a premature baby or a baby with a low birthweight.

"The advice is to place your baby on their back to sleep, in the baby’s own cot in the same room with you. Place them so their feet touching the end of the cot and never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair.

“Keeping your home smokefree and breastfeeding if you are able, can also reduce the risks. In addition, don’t let your baby become too hot and keep your baby’s head uncovered when asleep.”

Parents can get more information from NHS choices (www.nhs.uk) or by visiting www.lullabytrust.org.uk/promotingsafebabycare

 

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For more Information contact Thomas Atcheson on 01274 437700 or email thomas.atcheson@bradford.gov.uk