SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is defined as the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. SIDS is often called Crib Death because the baby often dies in their crib.
In the UK, more than 200 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly every year. While this may sound alarming, SIDS is rare and the risk of your baby dying form it is low. The rate of SIDS has reduced by 82% since the ‘Back to Sleep’ message was launched in 1991.
The Lullaby Trust has it’s own Do’s and Don’ts of tips to prevent SIDS;
· Always place your baby on their back to sleep
· Keep your baby smoke-free during pregnancy and after-birth
· Breastfeed your baby, if you can
· Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
· Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress which is in a good condition
· Remove all pillows, soft bedding, cot bumpers and soft toys from the cot
· Sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with you baby
· Sleep in the same bed with your baby if you: smoke, have drunk alcohol or taken drugs
· Sleep in the same bed with your baby if you: are extremely tired, or if your baby was born premature or a low birth weight
· Cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding
· Let your baby get too hot
As a sleep consultant, I always follow the Lullaby Trust’s advice on safer sleep practices. While sleep training can be done from 5 months old, it is safest for your baby to sleep in the same room as you for their first 6 months, so I can make plans to help fix your sleep problems while still ensuring safety.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want to find out more and get started on a plan.