you aware of the risk of cot death? How can you reduce the risk?
babies die suddenly and unexpectedly every year in the UK of sudden
infant death syndrome - cot death. The cause of these deaths is
unknown. But, since parents and carers have been following risk
reduction advice, the number of babies dying has fallen by over 70%.
safest place for your baby to sleep - day and night - is in a
crib or cot. Keep the cot in a room with you for the first six months
to help keep your baby safe and healthy.
I need a monitor?
your baby on their back to sleep, in a cot, in a room with you
not smoke in pregnancy or let anyone smoke in the same room as your
not share a bed with your baby if you have been drinking alcohol, if
you take drugs or if you are a smoker
sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair
not let your baby get too hot
your baby's head uncovered
your baby in the "feet to foot" position so they can't wriggle
under the bed clothes.
are devices available that monitor a baby's breathing and some also
monitor the heart rate.
recommended them for:
our paediatrician can help you to assess any special risk to your
newborn by conducting a thorough check-up.
who have specific medical conditions, especially those that affect
who've lost a baby to cot death and go on to have another child. But
there is no evidence that a home breathing monitor then reduces the
risk of cot death.