Ellie, Sharna, Richelle, Jayde and Loren talk about safer sleep for babies and how to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Here’s what our young mums say in the video if you can’t watch it…
True or false: babies could choke on their vomit if they’re slept on their backs? [FALSE]
This is false because babies naturally turn their heads to the side when they are sick. There is no scientific evidence proving that babies choke on their backs.
It’s best for babies to be slept on their backs for every single sleep. Since the ‘Back to Sleep’ campaign in the late 1980s, the rate of SIDS has dropped by 85%.
True or false: cutting down on the number of cigarettes will reduce the risk for your baby? [TRUE]
The more you smoke, the greater the risk of SIDS for your baby:
- Smoking up to 10 cigarettes a day will increase the risk by 4 times compared to a non-smoker.
- Smoking 20 cigarettes a day can actually increase the risk by 8 times.
True or false: it’s especially dangerous for a baby to sleep with an adult on a sofa or armchair? [TRUE]
That is very true. It increases the risk of SIDS by 50 times and also it can cause accidental death, so falling off the armchair or getting trapped inbetween the cushions.
True or false: using a dummy may increase the risk of SIDS? [FALSE]
This is false – using a dummy will actually reduce the risk of SIDS rather than increase it:
- If you choose to breastfeed, we recommend that breastfeeding is established before you introduce the dummy.
- So if you do give the baby a dummy when he or she’s sleeping, you should give it to them for every sleep and if it falls out, you shouldn’t replace it – just leave it as that.
- And you should never force a baby to have a dummy – if they don’t take it you can’t force it. Also, don’t put anything sweet or sugary on the dummy.