Red Nose Day is fast approaching, Friday June 30, so I thought I would cover their advice on safe sleeping and let you know how you can get involved this Red Nose Day.
Red Nose provides vital safe sleeping education to expectant mothers, their families and healthcare professionals all around Australia. They also conduct world-class research into sudden and unexpected death in infancy and provide crucial bereavement support to those affected by the death of a baby or child, receiving more than 10,000 calls for support and education every year.
Since Red Nose’s inception, over $16.7 million has been devoted into researching stillbirth, neonatal death, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and other causes that contribute to the 3,200 unexpected infant deaths that devastate Australian families each year.
Red Nose advises there’s 6 ways to sleep your baby safely and reduce the risk of sudden and unexpected death in infancy:
- Sleep your baby on his/her back (sleeping baby on their side or tummy increases the risk of sudden infant death).
- Keep your baby’s head and face uncovered.
- Keep your baby smoke free before and after birth.
- Ensure a safe sleeping environment both day and night (have a safe cot that meets the current Australian standards; a safe mattress that is clean, firm, flat and the right size for the cot; avoid soft surfaces and bulky bedding such as pillows, cot bumpers, lamb’s wool, soft toys, doonas).
- Sleep your baby in a safe cot in the parent’s room (not in the parent’s bed, not on the couch or beanbags, not wedged between pillows).
- Breastfeed your baby where possible. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of gastrointestinal and respiratory infections and can reduce the risk of SIDS.
Written by Sarah Morrissey, founder of Little Rockers Radio, Mum of two and aunty to an angel.
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