Doncaster Health Visitors promote safer sleep

A team of nurses which support families in Doncaster with the health of young children is raising awareness of safe sleep as part of the Lullaby Trust’s Safer Sleep Week which runs from March 9-15.

The Doncaster Health Visiting team at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) invited parents who may be going through the challenging time of looking after a young baby to their First Friends group at Balby Family Hub. They marked Safe Sleep Week by raising awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and promoted safer sleep. Parents were offered guidance on the best ways to make sure their babies are sleeping safely.

The focus of the campaign this year is lack of sleep and the importance of safe sleep to reduce the risk of SIDS. Around four babies die every week in the UK from SIDS. There is no known cause and it is not yet known how to completely prevent it, but there are things that have proven to significantly lower the chances of it happening.

Emma Lancaster, RDaSH Community Nursery Nurse, said: ‘All new parents will know what an exhausting experience having a young baby can be, which can result in sleep deprivation. It’s important that we raise awareness of SIDS and safer sleep. We do this by supporting parents with advice such as always placing your baby on their back and avoiding letting the baby get too hot.”

Parents can speak to their health visitor or midwife for more information or they can find more advice on The Lullaby Trust website, which includes vital information such as the best position for babies to sleep in, how to co-sleep more safely and other guidelines that can reduce the risk of SIDS. Go to www.lullabytrust.org.uk

Parents and their babies at the First Friends group in Balby

Parents and their babies at the First Friends group in Balby