Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has offered his support to Safer Sleep Week, a national awareness campaign targeting anyone looking after a young baby. 

The campaign aims to raise awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and the proven advice on how parents can reduce the risk of it occurring.

We know that greater awareness of safer sleep leads to a decrease in the numbers of babies dying. Sadly around 4 babies a week still die from SIDS and if all parents were aware of safer sleep advice many lives could be saved. Around 700,000 babies are born every year in the UK and we need to continue to reach out to all new parents with our safer sleep message.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexpected death of a baby where no cause is found. While SIDS is rare, it can still happen and there are steps parents can take to help reduce the chance of this tragedy occurring.

Things you can do:

  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep.
  • Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth.
  • Breastfeed your baby.
  • Place your baby to sleep 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.

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, have drunk alcohol, have taken drugs or medication or are extremely tired, 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 whilst sleeping or use loose bedding.
  • To avoid accidents remove all pillows, cot bumpers and soft toys from the cot.

For more information, please visit: https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/about-us/safer-sleep-week-2019/about-safer-sleep-week/

Andrew Gwynne said:

“I’m really happy to be backing Safer Sleep Week.

 

“This year their campaign focus is on co-sleeping. Co-sleeping is still very popular but hazardous co-sleeping is a key risk factor for SIDS. Parents must be made aware of the risks.”

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