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Published on: 2016-11-15 13:14:00
SIDS, previously known as Cot Death, is one of the things that keeps me up at night. Literally. Since Baby S came to live with us, I’ve worried about the ‘what if’s’ and stand over her cot many times, every night and sometimes during the day too, checking she’s breathing. Ask any new parent or foster carer of a new born and they’ll tell you, this is not a unique feeling and as my training is a few years out of date, I decided to update my knowledge. It’s been the best thing I’ve done for my stress levels and for my sleep.
Before the midwife signed me over to the baby clinic, she left me a pack which included information about the Lullaby Trust and I rang them and booked a local course. The course was designed for young or new mums but it was the closest one to me so I signed up. It was run by Little Lullaby and the two young mum’s who facilitated the course hit just the right note with the young parents in the room. Most of them were initially nervous about answering questions or speaking out but by the end of the course, we were all chatting, every one of us relieved to have the tools to keep our babies safe.
The Lullaby Trust give out free information and packs as well as offering courses for parents/guardians and professionals. Check out their website to find a course near you, to download a fact sheet, for support or for general information. To recap my course, here are the basic facts to keep baby safe while sleeping, and to reduce the chances of SIDS, as outlined by The Lullaby Trust:
The above advice from the Lullaby Trust applies to naps during the day as well as at night.
Working alongside the NHS, the Lullaby Trust offers advice and guidance on safe baby sleep and supports research into how to prevent baby deaths during sleep. They also offer support for families who have suffered a bereavement due to SIDS. For more information contact The Lullaby Trust.