Safer Sleep Week

Safer Sleeping Week

The Lullaby Trust is running a Safer Sleeping Week 12th-18th March 

The aim of the Safer Sleep Week is to reach as many parents as possible with safer sleep advice as tragically, around four babies a week still die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). 

In conjunction with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children and Adult Boards, the safeguarding team is participating in a Safeguarding Awareness Month. 

The members of the safeguarding team intend to visit hospitals and ambulance stations throughout the region to meet and greet staff and promote safeguarding within the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust. 

They will be advising clinicians to promote best practise for parents whenever they can, this should include:

  • Best sleeping position for a baby is on its back – there is substantial evidence from around the world showing that placing your baby on its back at the beginning of every sleep or nap significantly reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • It is advised that a baby sleeps in the same room as the parent (but not in the same bed) for the first six months.  Some parents choose to co-sleep with their babies but it important they are aware there are certain circumstances in which sharing a bed with a baby can be very dangerous.
  • It is important to advise parents to place their baby to sleep at a comfortable temperature – not too hot or too cold.  The chance of SIDS is higher in babies who get too hot.  A room temperature of 16-20 degrees Celsius with light bedding or a lightweight, well fitted baby sleep bag – is comfortable and safe for sleeping babies. 

Further information is available on The Lullaby Trust’s website: www.lullabytrust.org.uk or alternatively see The Lullaby Trust’s – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A Guide for Professionals. https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sids-guide-professionals.pdf

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