How can you reduce the risk of cot death?
What can I do to help prevent SIDS?
- always place your baby on their back to sleep.
- place your baby in the “feet to foot” position – with their feet touching the end of the cot, Moses basket, or pram.
- keep your baby’s head uncovered – their blanket should be tucked in no higher than their shoulders.
When does risk of cot death reduce?
When does the risk decrease? Around 86% of SIDS deaths happen when a baby is six months old or less. To reduce the risk of SIDS for your baby, follow our evidence-based safer sleep advice –such as sleeping your baby on their back in a clear sleep space – for the first six months.
How can I reduce my baby’s risk?
Consider the following ways to help reduce the risk:
- Preventing Birth Defects.
- Addressing Preterm Birth, Low Birth Weight, and Their Outcomes.
- Getting Pre-Pregnancy and Prenatal Care.
- Creating a Safe Infant Sleep Environment.
- Using Newborn Screening to Detect Hidden Conditions.
What are the current recommendations for reducing the risks of SIDS?
Place your baby on their back to sleep.
At what age can you stop worrying about SIDS?
After 6-months old, babies are typically able to lift their heads, roll over, or wake up more easily, and the risk of SIDS decreases dramatically. However, 10% of SIDS happens between 6 and 12 months of age and safe sleep recommendations should be followed up to a baby first birthday.
Why is it important to know about cot death?
This campaign was launched because research showed that the fashion at the time for placing babies to sleep on their front increased the risk of a cot death. The campaign has resulted in most parents now knowing that the safest position for a young baby to sleep is on their back.
How often does a baby die from a cot?
Cot death is uncommon. About 1 in 3,000 babies die due to cot death in the UK. 216 babies died of cot death in 2015 in the UK. Most cases occur in babies under the age of 6 months. The age range where there is the most risk is 2-4 months.
What to do if your baby is unresponsive in the cot?
Dealing with a Baby who is Unresponsive. The cause of cot death is not known. However, you can reduce the risk of cot death by the measures detailed below. The most important are to lay your baby on his or her back to sleep (not on their front or side) and to create a smoke-free zone for your baby.
How can we reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome?
It’s not known why some babies die suddenly and for no apparent reason from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) , or cot death. Experts do know placing a baby to sleep on their back reduces the risk, and exposing a baby to cigarette smoke or allowing them to overheat increases the risk.