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An average of 120 infants die every year due to Sudden Infant Death and as many new parents will know it is a huge worry for them.
This number has decreased in recent years due to research into the condition. Joining us this morning to address those worries and perhaps to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death in sleep is midwife Barbara Whelan.
The 'Feet to Foot' Position
Make sure blankets come no further up than the baby's chest.
Check regularly to ensure his/her head stays uncovered.
Use a clean firm mattress that fits the cot correctly.
Ideal room temperature is 18 degrees Celsius.
Pillows and Duvets should be avoided.
It is advisable to keep the cot empty from toys
To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death in sleep
· Place your baby on its back to sleep.
· In the 'feet to foot' position
· Do not allow anyone to smoke near your baby.
· Do not use pillows or duvets.
· Do not bring your baby into your bed to sleep.
· Keep your baby's head uncovered
· If your baby is unwell seek medical advice.
Concerns regarding Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (also known as Cot death) describes the death during sleep of an otherwise healthy infant under 12 months of age, where no other cause of death can be established.
It is most common in babies aged between 2 and 4 months old, although it can occur in older babies also.
However, cot death does not only happen in cots, it can happen in a car seat, a pram - anywhere a baby is resting.
The exact cause of SIDS is not known but research has shown there are ways to reduce the risk of it happening.