Although Cot Death or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is very rare these days, sadly there are around 300 recorded each year in the UK.
About 90 % of cot deaths happen in the first 6 months of a baby’s life. Noone knows exactly why these deaths occur, but there are some simple rules that you can follow to reduce the risk of your baby being affected.
- Put your baby on its back in its cot or moses basket.
- Keep the baby in your room for the first 6 months.
- Do not smoke during pregnancy.
- Do not smoke near the baby after he or she has been born. And do not let others smoke near the baby.
- Do not let your baby overheat. Your baby’s room should ideally be between 16-20 degrees. You should not put the cot near a radiator or in direct sunlight. You should not let your baby wear a hat in the cot or indeed anywhere in the house.
- Lay the baby with her feet at the bottom of the cot so she cannot wriggle down under the covers. If you are using a sleeping bag make sure her head cannot pass down through the opening.
- Try not to fall asleep whilst breastfeeding, or with the baby on the sofa. If you feel yourself drifting off, get up and put the baby in the cot.
- Breastfeed if you can. There is a lower incidence of cot death in breastfed babies.
- If you do decide to let the baby sleep in the bed with you then you must make sure that both you and your partner
- Do not smoke at all during the day.
- Do not drink alcohol.
- Are not over-tired.
- Taking medication that can make you drowsy.
- There is some evidence that suggests using a dummy can help reduce cot death risks.
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