Barnsley Council has teamed up with partners across South Yorkshire to provide information and advice to new parents and parents-to-be. The week will be hosted on the Barnsley Council Facebook and Barnsley Council Twitter pages throughout Safer Sleep Week (15 to 21 March).
Safer Sleep Week is The Lullaby Trust’s national awareness campaign targeting anyone looking after a young baby. It aims to raise awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death, and the safer sleep advice that reduces the risk of it occurring.
Using the Lullaby Trust’s guidance, the council is raising awareness about reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). It can be tempting to do whatever it takes to get some sleep, but it’s important to remember to follow this advice for all naps, whether it’s day or night. Parents and carers are reminded to never sleep with a baby:
- on a sofa or in an armchair
- in the same bed if you smoke, have drunk alcohol, have taken drugs or medication or are extremely tired
- if they’re born prematurely or was a low birth weight
Cllr Trevor Cave, Cabinet Support Member for Children's Services, said: “Along with our partners, we’re raising everyone’s awareness of what safer sleep is, the many situations when it can happen and importantly, where to find the right type of help and support.
“We know that a greater awareness of safer sleep leads to a decrease in the numbers of babies dying. Sadly, around four babies a week die from SIDS. If you know someone who is a new parent or parent to be, we would greatly welcome your help in sharing our messages during the week so we can reach as many people as possible with our life saving advice.”
Residents can find more information on safer sleep advice by visiting lullabytrust.org.uk.