Safer Sleep for Baby
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby where no cause is found. While SIDS is rare, it can still happen and there are steps parents can take to help reduce the chance of this tragedy occurring.
‘Safer Sleep for Baby’ is based around six simple steps, that will help parents and carers keep their baby safe:
1. Keep baby away from smoke, before and after birth.
2. Put baby in a cot, crib or Moses basket to sleep - never fall asleep with them on a sofa or chair.
3. Never fall asleep with baby after drinking or taking drugs/medication.
4. Put baby to sleep on their back with their feet to the foot of the cot.
5. Keep baby’s head and face uncovered and make sure they don’t get too hot.
6. Breastfeed your baby - support is available if you need it.
Safer sleep messages are also available from midwives, health visitors and children’s centre staff in a variety of forms such as cot cards, room thermometers, bookmarks, postcards and posters.
Multi-Agency Safe Sleep Pathway Guidance (March 2017)
More information is available online at https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-week or by searching for the hash tag #safersleepweek on Twitter.
PAN MERSEYSIDE SAFE SLEEP CAMPAIGN
Merseyside’s Safeguarding Children's Boards have come together to create a safer sleeping campaign which was launched on 14 December 2015.
Merseyside CDOP Newsletter - Safe Sleep Edition (March 2016)
Merseyside CDOP Newsletter - Safe Sleep (Autumn 2015)
Merseyside CDOP - Staff Briefing - Safe Sleep Campaign
Background to the campaign
Every year, approximately 300 babies in the UK die suddenly and unexpectedly in their sleep as a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The North West has the highest death rate in England and Wales.
While the infant mortality rate in Merseyside has shown some improvement, over the past five years 25 babies within the Merseyside CDOP area have died in circumstances involving co-sleeping.
The 5 Merseyside Local Safeguarding Children Boards (Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) are working to reduce the number of these deaths across Merseyside.
This 'Safe Sleep' campaign has been developed following Lancashire’s successful campaign arising from research into the 'Give Me Room to Breathe' campaign and using materials originally developed by them to aim to promote a consistent message across the North West.
Underpinning this campaign has been the roll-out of Merseyside’s Multi Agency Safe Sleeping Guidance in May 2015. This guidance targets front line professionals, who will ensure that our key messages are delivered to parents.
It is a pan-Merseyside multi-agency awareness campaign and has been adopted by each of the LSCB localities within the county. Its aim is to raise awareness of the risk factors in order to reduce Sudden and Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI).
Safer Sleep for Baby is based around six simple steps, designed to be easy to follow and cover the main risk factors. We want the entire Children and Young People’s workforce to speak in a unified voice to reinforce our messages to parents and carers.
Here are the simplified steps we will be using in all our materials:
- Keep baby away from smoke, before and after birth
- Put baby in a cot, crib or Moses basket to sleep - never fall asleep with them on a sofa or chair.
- Never fall asleep with baby after drinking or taking drugs/medication.
- Put baby to sleep on their back with their feet to the foot of the cot.
- Keep baby’s head and face uncovered and make sure they don’t get too hot.
- Breastfeed your baby - support is available if you need it.
Poster - Safe Sleep (6 steps to safer sleep for baby)