Thursday, September 10, 2009

Reducing the risk of cot death

I don’t know if you have heard about this SIDS but I have been informed by my health visitor that this does exists! Yes, some babies die suddenly with no apparent reason, and they call it cot death or sudden infant death syndrome. There are no exact findings why it happens and how, but there are precautions that would help reduce the risk of cot death and other danger such as:

1. Always put your baby to sleep on his or her back in a cot in a room with you, at least for the first 6 months.

2. You cut down smoking in pregnancy and fathers too.

3. Don’t let anyone smoke in the room with your baby.

4. Don’t let baby get too hot and don’t overheat the room. About 16 to 20 Celsius is the right temperature for your baby.

5. Keep your baby’s head uncovered in bed. Place your baby in feet to foot position.

6. If your baby is unwell, seek advice promptly.

7. Do not share bed with your baby, if you’re drinking alcohol, take drugs, or if you are a smoker.

Do remember that cot death is rare, so don’t let worrying about cot death spoil the first precious months with your baby. By following these things to do above, this will help reduce the risk of cot death.

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