Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

On a more serious note today..

In the news this morning it is reported that sharing your bed with a newborn can increase the chance of cot-death by five.
Research came to light today and has caused huge outcry amongst professionals, families and mothers. The BBC reports that- 

 "Even in very low-risk breastfed babies, where there were no risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) other than that they had slept in their parents' bed, 81% of cot deaths in infants under three months of age could have been prevented by not bed sharing" - (taken from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22594587

Although, some suggest there are flaws within this study, people should be aware of the risks they take. As every individual is different and so is every circumstance. Information is power and here are some important facts from the NHS to remember  - 

What can I do to help prevent SIDS?
  • Place your child on their back to sleep. The safest place for them to sleep is in a cot in a room with you for the first six months.
  • Do not smoke while you are pregnant or after your baby is born, and do not let anyone else smoke in the same room as your baby 
  • Do not share a bed with your baby, particularly if you have been drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
  • Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or an armchair.
  • Do not let your baby get too hot.
  • Keep your baby’s head uncovered. Their blanket should be tucked in no higher than their shoulders.
  • If possible, breastfeed your baby. 

Nurture Antenatal x

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