SIDS also tends to be slightly more common in baby boys. Find out how to stop smoking.
The exact cause of SIDS is unknown, but it's thought to be down to a combination of factors. There's also an association between co-sleeping sleeping with your baby on a bed, sofa or chair and SIDS. Below is a list of things you can do to help prevent SIDS. Always place your baby on their back to sleep.
Their blanket should be tucked in no higher than their shoulders. Use a mattress that's firm, flat, waterproof and in good condition. Breastfeed your baby if you can. Smoke during pregnancy or let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby both before and after birth.
Sleep on a bed, sofa or armchair with your baby.
Bedclothes Do not use a pillow - just use a firm mattress that fits well into the cot, covered with a sheet. Also, the distance between the bars should be no more than 6.
Share a bed with your baby if you or your partner smoke or take drugs, or if you've been drinking alcohol. Let your baby get too hot or too cold.
A room temperature of C, with light bedding or a lightweight baby sleeping bag, will provide a comfortable sleeping environment for your baby.
Read more about reducing the risk of SIDS.
Seeking medical advice if your baby is unwell Babies often have minor illnesses, which you don't need to worry about. Give your baby plenty of fluids to drink and don't let them get too hot.
Dial for an ambulance if your baby: A post-mortem examination will usually be necessary, which can be very distressing for the family. Many people find talking to others who have had similar experiences helps them to cope with their bereavement.
Specially trained advisers are available on their helpline. The number is and it's open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm , and at weekends and public holidays 6pmpm. You can also visit their website for further information and support if you are bereaved.
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