Little Routines, Gillian Stewart

Cot Death
Gillian Stewart, Friday, November 25, 2016

The words 'cot death' tend to make you shiver. It is the single most thing that all parents fear.

It is 25 years since the TV Presenter, Anne Diamond, lost her baby son to cot death. Since that dreadfully sad day Anne has travelled, studied and researched the causes.

One of the main causes is the position that a baby sleeps in. Through Anne Diamond's tireless work, the 'Back To Sleep' campaign (now known as 'The Safe to Sleep' campaign) was highlighted.

Putting babies to sleep on their backs has greatly reduced the number of cot deaths.

There are a number of other things that should be taken into consideration as well....
1. Do not over heat your baby.
2. Do not share a bed with your baby.
3. Do not smoke near your baby.
4. Do not fall asleep in a chair or on the sofa with your baby.
5. Do not put anything in the cot with your baby.
6. Do not give your baby a pillow or use soft cot bumpers.
7. Never cover your baby's head whilst sleeping.
8. Place your baby 'feet to foot' in their cot, pram or Moses basket.
9. Use a cotton cellular blanket that is tucked in, just below your baby's shoulders.
10. Offering a dummy whilst your baby is going to sleep, may reduce the risks.

Cot death is uncommon so don't worry too much.

Trust and enjoy your little baby.