The Safer Sleep Campaign is back to raise awareness of key risk factors and safer sleep habits that can significantly reduce the risk of sudden unexpected deaths of infants (SUDIs).
The 2017 campaign launched on 12 June to raise awareness among families with young children as well as the general public about the dangers of poor sleeping conditions and co-sleeping risks for young babies.
While there is a decreasing trend nationally, there was actually a marked rise in the number of SUDIs in recent years in Essex and Thurrock.
No evidence has been identified to suggest a particular cause for the recent increase but there are certain risk factors
- Co-sleeping with a regular smoker
- Co-sleeping on a sofa
- Co-sleeping after consuming alcohol or drugs
- Co-sleeping if baby was born prematurely or had low birth weight
What can parents do to ensure their baby is sleeping safely?
Safer sleep tips – this advice is for all sleep times, not just at night …
- Always place your baby on their back to sleep, with their feet to the foot of the cot
- Place your baby in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
- Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition
- Breastfeed your baby if you can
- Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth
- Sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
- Sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink, take drugs, if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth weight
- Let your baby get too hot
- Cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding