Sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS for short is something I believe every parent/guardian should be provided with a lot more information then they currently are both during pregnany and after birth. My personal experience was a 10 minute piece during the 1 and only antenatal classes that was provided.
In the UK, just under 300 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly every year. 300 babies that if people were better informed may still be alive. This statistic may sound alarming, but SIDS is rare and the risk of your baby dying from it is low. Im in no way trying to blame parents as sometimes there is no reason for SIDS many cases I’ve read about are all toooooo simular. Parent and baby nap on the sofa or in a chair and but only parent wakes from that nap.
Most deaths happen during the first six months of a baby’s life. Infants born prematurely or with a low birthweight are at greater risk. SIDS also tends to be slightly more common in baby boys.
SIDS usually occurs when a baby is asleep, although it can occasionally happen while they’re awake.
- Always place your baby on their back to sleep.
- Place your baby in the “feet to foot” position (with their feet touching the end of the cot, Moses basket, or pram).
- Keep your baby’s head uncovered. Their blanket should be tucked in no higher than their shoulders.
- Let your baby sleep in a cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first six months.
- Use a mattress that’s firm, flat, waterproof and in good condition.
- Smoke during pregnancy or let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby (both before and after birth).
- Sleep on a bed, sofa or armchair with your baby.
- Share a bed with your baby if you or your partner smoke or take drugs, or if you’ve been drinking alcohol.
- Let your baby get too hot or too cold. A room temperature of 16-20C, with light bedding or a lightweight baby sleeping bag, will provide a comfortable sleeping environment for your baby.
Providing parent with more information and more facts will helo to save lives. My particular antinatel tutor to quote said ” you really shouldn’t sleep with your babies but we all do it ” now how is that imprinting the severity of SIDS on new parents??
I do apologise if it’s seems like I am ranting it just irritates me! On a nicer note I was lucky enough to stumbles across a lovely gentle man who’s grandson unfortunately lost his life to SIDS, however his family have used this experience to set up an amazing charity Charlie’s kids Who are trying to educate America, they also have a beautiful book sleep baby safe and snug.
And Amazon uk
I really hope this helps any new parents out there.