HEALTH AND SAFETY

How to prevent SIDS, sudden infant death

Sudden infant death, also known as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), is one of the biggest concerns for parents of infants.

Many times, SIDS occurs unpredictably and for no apparent reason, leaving parents with many doubts and unanswered questions.

Although the exact cause still remains unknown, there are some preventive measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of SIDS. In this article, we will explore some useful tips and strategies provided in England by the NHS (National Health Service) to help parents prevent this terrible tragedy.

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How to prevent SIDS, sudden infant death
Sudden infant death, also known as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), is one of the biggest concerns for parents of infants. Many times, SIDS occurs unpredictably and for no apparent reason, leaving parents with many doubts and unanswered questions. Although the exact cause still remains unknown, there are some preventive measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of SIDS. In this article, we will explore some useful tips and strategies, provided in England by the NHS (National Health Service), to help parents prevent this terrible tragedy.
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On the back
The infant should always be placed on its back to sleep.
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Feet
The infant's feet must touch the end of the cot, pram or cradle.
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Smoke
Do not smoke before pregnancy, during or after. Never smoke.
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Mattress
The mattress must be rigid and of high quality.
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Pets
A pet can pose a danger: keep animals away from the bed.
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Pillows and blankets
Pillows and blankets can pose a danger: remove them from the bed or cot.
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Head uncovered
The infant's head must be uncovered while sleeping; furthermore, the blanket must not be tucked higher than the shoulders.
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Mom
At least for the first months of life, the mother should sleep in the same room with the baby
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